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Amidst rising turnover, teacher retention becomes an issue in Nampa

With teacher turnover rates projected at 18 to 20 percent, Nampa teachers took to the school district parking lot Tuesday night.

Nampa Tailgate

Nearly 100 teachers and community members participated in an hour-long tailgate party preceding the School Board meeting, serving up hot dogs and rallying in a show of unity. Then teachers packed the board meeting to capacity.

Teacher retention was the emerging theme, as the district and the Nampa Education Association try to  negotiate a 2013-14 master contract agreement, and as the district faces lingering financial concerns. Negotiaitions are scheduled to resume July 18.

For full coverage of the tailgate — and the board meeting — here’s the story from Idaho Education News’ Clark Corbin.


Kevin Richert is a reporter and blogger at Idaho Education News ( Kevin is a former Statesman editorial page editor, with 27 year's experience in Idaho journalism.

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