Audit: Human error caused Nampa School District financial crisis

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) - An independent financial audit of the Nampa School District confirmed that a budgeting error and not fraud led to the district's financial crisis.

Consultant Jae Hallett told board members Tuesday that the district counted almost $3 million in one-time money twice and had an over-expenditure of about $1 million, leading to the $4.3 million shortfall.

He says many people are culpable for the error, and added that most no longer work for the district. The superintendent resigned in September and the deputy superintendent in November.

Hallett recommended the board monitor expenses more closely because the district has overspent its budget in the past, violating state law. He also recommended creating a reserve fund of about $3.5 million.

Interim Superintendent Tom Michaelson urged the community to support a $4.3 million supplemental levy.