Press-Tribune: Nampa School District Proposing More Furloughs

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The news isn't getting better anytime soon in the Nampa School District.

This morning's Idaho Press-Tribune reports that Nampa teachers are facing the real possibility of a forced furlough of 14 days during the 2013-2014 school year. The school district proposed the cutback, the latest in a long list of budget slashes, during the May 31 contract negotiations with the teachers union.

Additionally, the school district is proposing cuts to short- and long-term disability benefits, life insurance benefits, supplemental salaries and extra-day contracts.

"We were prepared for the worst, but this is way beyond what anyone fathomed," said Harry McCarty of the Idaho Education Association. The Press-Tribune reports McCarty "questioned how the board of trustees could expect a teacher to work for the district."

The Nampa School District budget mess, triggered by a $4.3 million shortfall—due, in large part, to accounting errors and improper oversight—resulted in the resignation of Superintendent Gary Larsen.

The district turned to Thomas Michaelson to take over the reins as superintendent to help with the crisis, but Michaelson resigned from his post in mid May.

The latest casualty: district finance officer Michelle Yankovich announced May 30 that she's resigning as well to return to the private sector.

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