A day after the Idaho Education Association alleged that the Nampa School District was "acting illegally" when it re-worded teachers' contracts to include a provision under which the district could request voluntary furloughs, Nampa's legal counsel responded that it was none of the IEA's business.
"The district is not required to discuss with the union (IEA) the acceptance of voluntary furlough days on behalf of certified leachers," wrote Nampa School District attorney William Yost. "You are wrong in your conclusion and in your representation that teachers have been 'coerced.'"
This morning's Idaho Press-Tribune reports that Yost said there was "no legal authority" to support a position that the district can't amend contracts "on a voluntary basis."
Meanwhile, the Press-Tribune reports that a little more than half of the Nampa district's certified employees have already volunteered to take furlough days, but "some teachers still want answers about how much money the district is saving with the cost-cutting measures."
The furloughs are part of a string of possible solutions that Nampa school officials have proposed while they wade through $4.3 million in red ink. The district is also considering the sale of school property and a supplemental levy vote to be put before voters in 2013.