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Next up in Nampa schools: administrative cuts

The Nampa School District will cut some administrative staff to help erase a $5.1 million deficit.

Those cuts may take shape at a School Board meeting Tuesday night.

The district plans to cut four full-time administrative positions, a 7 percent cut.

Thomas Michaelson mug
Thomas Michaelson

It’s unclear where those cuts will come, district spokeswoman Allison Westfall said Monday; interim Superintendent Thomas Michaelson is still working on this plan. But those cuts will include an elementary school principal’s job, which will be eliminated with the closure of Sunny Ridge Elementary School this spring.

The board will eventually need to discuss cutting 40 to 50 full-time classified positions: teachers, counselors, psychologists and nurses. But this 5 percent cut will not be discussed Tuesday, Westfall said.

Other items on the board’s agenda include:

  • Proposals to outsource district nutritional services to a private contractor. On Friday, Michaelson and a committee studying the district’s financial woes recommended against such a move, saying it would result in no direct cost savings to the district. The district has outsourced janitorial services, a move that could save $305,000 in benefits costs.
  • A plan to cover current-year expenses by borrowing against future state payments. District Judge George Southworth gave Nampa this borrowing authority in February, and the district has been negotiating with the D.L. Evans Bank since then on the details, Westfall said.

The board will hold a closed executive session at 6 p.m., then discuss budget items in open session at 7 p.m. at the Little Theatre at Nampa High School, 203 Lake Lowell Avenue.

 

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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