Press-Tribune: Voluntary Furloughs for Nampa Teachers Latest Fix in Budget Debacle

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In addition to new activity fees for students, furloughs for classified staff, the potential of selling school property, and a pending supplemental levy in 2013, the Nampa School District is now turning to its teachers to take voluntary furlough days.

This morning's Idaho Press-Tribune reports that teachers are expected to be asked to take voluntary fulough days on Jan. 4, March 8, March 22 and/or May 31, all in 2013.

A spokeswoman for the Nampa School District said that "many teachers came forward to ask what ways they could help the district out of its $4.3 million budget shortfall."

The Nampa School District's budget mess began when officials had projected a nearly $2 million surplus during fiscal year 2011, when in fact, it operated on a $1 million deficit. School officials said the mistake "was camouflaged by $3 million in federal stimulus money that hadn't been budgeted for." District budget officials said that the stimulus money was "double budgeted." Additionally, state support was overbudgeted by nearly $1 million.

Because of the budget mess, Nampa School Superintendent Gary Larsen resigned from his post in late September.

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