Nampa School Board Makes It Official: Sunny Ridge Elementary Will Close


Seven months after officials in the Nampa School District admitted to horrible math skills—resulting in millions of dollars in red ink—and less than a week after Nampa voters said "yes" to a supplemental levy to help the district crawl out of its problem, parents and children were told Monday that Sunny Ridge Elementary School would be shuttered at the end of the current school year.

This morning's Idaho Press-Tribune reports that the Nampa School Board voted to close Sunny Ridge, as well as end bus service to New Horizons Dual Language Academy. New Horizons was also denied its application to expand its program to include a middle school.

The Press-Tribune reports that some parents "were not happy to find out about the potential school closure Friday afternoon after their children handed them a letter in tears." Parents were also upset about learning that a school could close after the levy election, and said it left them with a feeling of distrust toward the district, according to the Press-Tribune.

The board vote was 4-1 to close the school, with Trustee Bob Otten—who once taught at Sunny Ridge—casting the only vote to keep the school open.