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Will Nampa schools seek a third supplemental levy?

Will the Nampa School District ask voters to approve a third property tax levy to help stop the flow of red ink?

It’s hard to say. But it appears the idea will come up for discussion Tuesday night.

An item on the Nampa School Board’s Tuesday night agenda reads “Possible Supplemental Levy.”

District spokeswoman Allison Westfall had little to say about the agenda item Monday morning: “There’s no detail on that item other than a board member asked for it put on the agenda.”

Nampa voters have approved two supplemental levies in the past nine months. A two-year, $3.2 million levy passed in August. A one-year, $4.3 million levy passed in March.

But the two levies have not cured the district’s financial ills. Facing a deficit now projected at $5.1 million, the district has decided to close Sunny Ridge Elementary School at the end of the school year. The district has outsourced custodial services and could cut 4 ½ administrative jobs and more than 40 teaching positions.

Last week, the school board also learned that its financial hole is even deeper than it realized. The district owes $1.2 million to a fund used to pay off building bond issues after mistakenly using the money for day-to-day operations. The district plans to borrow against future state revenues to cover this debt — and cover daily costs.

The board will discuss both the administrative and teaching cuts at its Tuesday night meeting, which will begin at 7 p.m. at the board room of the Ted J. Comstock Administration Building, 619 S. Canyon St.

Will the Nampa School District ask voters to approve a third property tax levy to help stop the flow of red ink?

It’s hard to say. But it appears the idea will come up for discussion Tuesday night.

An item on the Nampa School Board’s Tuesday night agenda reads “Possible Supplemental Levy.”

District spokeswoman Allison Westfall had little to say about the agenda item Monday morning: “There’s no detail on that item other than a board member asked for it put on the agenda.”

Nampa voters have approved two supplemental levies in the past nine months. A two-year, $3.2 million levy passed in August. A one-year, $4.3 million levy passed in March.

But the two levies have not cured the district’s financial ills. Facing a deficit now projected at $5.1 million, the district has decided to close Sunny Ridge Elementary School at the end of the school year. The district has outsourced custodial services and could cut 4 ½ administrative jobs and more than 40 teaching positions.

Last week, the school board also learned that its financial hole is even deeper than it realized. The district owes $1.2 million to a fund used to pay off building bond issues after mistakenly using the money for day-to-day operations. The district plans to borrow against future state revenues to cover this debt — and cover daily costs.

The board will discuss both the administrative and teaching cuts at its Tuesday night meeting, which will begin at 7 p.m. at the board room of the Ted J. Comstock Administration Building, 619 S. Canyon St.

 

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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