Nampa Schools plans levy listening session

The Nampa School Board  will meet with stake holders such as the Nampa Education Association and community  groups at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the district office, 619 S. Canyon St., Nampa, to get their ideas on what should be included in a supplemental levy that will go to voters this year.

A second meeting to get ideas from the general public has not been set..

Nampa’s  two-year $1.6 million levy expires this year along with a $4.3 million levy that was approved by voters to help bail the district out of a $5.3 million deficit.

District administrators offered $2.8 million worth of ideas for the levy, the Statesman reported last week. They include cutting back on the 14 day furlough that teachers are taking  in a cost cutting measure. The district wants to restore five teacher-student contact days and a couple of training days.

Pete Koehler, district superintendent, wants to  hire 10 additional teachers to replace some of the 46 that were cut through attrition for the 2013-2014 school year.  Those cuts have increased class sizes in pockets around the district,  closed down Advanced Placement Psychology and reduced the number of French teachers from two to one. Koehler also proposes putting $700,000 into the district’s virtually empty reserve fund that was drained as the school  district  overspent its revenue for a couple of years.

Trustees haven’t set an amount for the levy or an  election date. The district must choose from four dates: March 11, May 20, Aug. 26, and Nov. 4.



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