Press-Tribune: Nampa School District Rethinks Outsourcing Nutrition Services

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The Nampa School District's interim superintendent has reversed direction, saying he is recommending that his district not outsource food services.

This morning's Idaho Press-Tribune reports that the reversal comes after the district initially said it wanted to outsource custodial and nutrition services. And while the Nampa School Board voted 3-2 on April 16 to lay off its custodians and outsource its cleaning services, the district's Financial Recommendation Committee is advising to keep its meal-preparation staff in-house. The committee said the district wouldn't realize any savings if they outsourced nutrition services. The same committee projected that the district would save nearly $300,000 by outsourcing custodial services.

The Nampa School Board will have the ultimate say in the matter when it meets this coming Tuesday, May 7, at Nampa High School.

The Nampa School District's budget mess began after 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.

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