When Boise Weekly sat down with Nampa School District Interim Superintendent Pete Koehler in November 2013, he said he had made it very clear to district officials that he was counting on leaving his temporary assignment no later than June 2014.
"I told them, they didn't tell me," Koehler told BW. "I said I would need to leave by the end of June 2014, after they hire a new full-time superintendent, which I expect to happen in February 2014."
Koehler had become the district's third school superintendent in seven months, following a budget crisis that put the district more than $5 million in the red.
"It just seemed, week after week, it was like getting punched in the face because there was another crisis," he said.
But Koehler and the district have weathered most of their financial storm, and this morning, the district announced that David Peterson, who comes from Belfair, Wash., will take over as Nampa superintendent this July. Nampa district officials confirmed that Peterson's contract would include an annual salary of $140,000.
This coming Tuesday, March 11, Nampa voters will be deciding whether to approve a two-year, $6.8 million supplemental levy to replace some of the teachers that lost their jobs at the height of the district's budget crisis. The levy is also designed to restore as many as 14 furlough days that were also cut in the recent budgets.