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For school levies and bond issues, a key deadline is looming

Only two days ago, Gov. Butch Otter unveiled his 2014-15 budget proposal for K-12 education. But school superintendents and school boards can’t wait for the budget-writing process to begin — much less the outcome. Not if they plan to take supplemental levies

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Bonuses may ease pay crunch for some at Nampa Schools

The Nampa School District has received about $1 million for this school year from a statewide program that augments education salaries. That’s good news for some Nampa teachers and other employees who were stung by furloughs of up to 14

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Nampa discusses the framework of a possible school levy

Nothing is official yet, but all the early signs point toward another Nampa school levy on the March ballot. And, perhaps, a levy at a little more than $2.8 million a year. Nampa School District officials held a roundtable discussion Tuesday

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Nampa district launches superintendent’s search

The Nampa School District is looking for its fourth superintendent since 2012, and the district is looking for some help from the community. A 16-member community committee will head up the superintendent search in the state’s third largest school district.

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Nampa teacher turnover higher than forecast

Teacher turnover in Nampa could be even higher than originally forecast, by district and union leaders alike. As the Nampa School District imposes 14 furlough days in 2013-14 — as part of an effort to erase a lingering shortfall of

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Could school furlough plan end up costing Nampa district?

District Judge Molly Huskey opened the door to the Nampa Education Association, saying the teachers’ union could seek damages over an illegal furlough plan. But it’s too early to say what will happen next. “I haven’t been asked to take

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Nampa teachers’ union prevails in furlough dispute

Former Nampa school superintendent Thomas Michaelson overstepped his bounds late last year, when he tried to get individual teachers to agree to take unpaid furlough days. Thomas Michaelson That was the ruling from District Judge Molly Huskey, who sided Friday

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Another teacher — the local union head — leaves Nampa district

(UPDATED, 2:57 p.m., with news that Simpson will take a teaching  job in Boise.) Throughout the prolonged and sometimes testy labor negotiations in Nampa, teacher turnover has been a recurring theme. And now Mandy Simpson — president of the Nampa

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Nampa’s newbies: meet the School Board’s newest members

Brian McGourty was newly appointed to the Nampa School Board in 1991 when the district’s teachers went on strike. The work stoppage ran four days and ended Sept. 20; teachers have not gone on strike since, in Nampa or anywhere else

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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. Nearly 100 teachers and community members participated in an hour-long tailgate party preceding the School Board meeting, serving up

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