Bad Math: Nampa School District Overbudgeted Federal, State Income


A 16-person committee began sorting through the Nampa School District's budget mess Tuesday night.

This morning's Idaho Press-Tribune reports that the committee, tasked with finding the source of a $4.3 million budget shortfall, began its examination this week.

"The budget will be examined at a level it has never been looked at before," Nampa School Board Chairman Scott Kido told the committee members Tuesday night.

The Press-Tribune reports that the committee will meet as a whole each week, but will also form subcommittees to drill into the problem.

At its first meeting, the committee was told that the district 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 told the committee that stimulus money was "double budgeted." Additionally, state support was overbudgeted by nearly $1 million.

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