Nampa proposes teacher reduction to cut budget

Nearly 50 certified staff jobs — including teachers and counselors — could be cut from the Nampa School District by next fall, according to recommendation administrators will bring to the Board of Trustees on Tuesday.

Reductions could save the district about $2 million. Nampa Schools is wrestling with a $5.1 million deficit and another $3 million it must reduce in spending for the 2013-2014 school year.

In an e-mail to district employees Friday, administrators outlined their proposal:

• Cut 15 secondary teaching positions in non-core subjects, through attrition.

• Drop between 10 and 15 teachers from the district’s 14 elementary schools through attrition.

• Reduce the number of counseling, music and physical education positions in elementary schools by half — 17.5 people — through attrition where possible.

Administrators also favor eliminating supplementary contracts for coaching freshman softball and baseball at the district’s three high schools. They also are recommending a 5 percent reduction in other supplemental contracts.

The board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the district office at 619 S. Canyon St.

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