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Nampa’s convoluted, complicated school budget crisis: a breakdown

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Mandy Simpson of the Nampa Education Association addresses School Board members Tuesday night about possible cuts in teaching positions. The School Board voted to cut 15 secondary teaching jobs in non-core subjects, and 12 elementary school positions — cuts that could save the district roughly $1.35 million.

After a dramatic School Board meeting — punctuated by votes to cut 31.5 teaching and administrative jobs, and interim Superintendent Thomas Michaelson’s abrupt resignation — the Nampa School District’s budget picture is as murky as ever.

Here’s what is clear. After Tuesday’s meeting, the School Board has cut a little more than $3 million from the general fund. That isn’t enough to erase a $5.1 million deficit.

And what’s more, the district faces potential costs that will make it even tougher to balance the budget by June 18 — leaving a gap of more than $4 million.

In this article at Idaho Education News, I break down some of the key variables: potential cuts, potential costs and possible revenue sources.

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

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