Nampa School District to tackle budget shortfall

NAMPA, Idaho (KBOI) - On Tuesday, the Nampa School Board will meet and could start making decisions on how to fix a $4.3 million budget shortfall caused by accounting errors over the last few years.

After two months of talking with a select community, crunching the numbers, and taking public comment. The trustees could finally start taking steps to fix the problem. In talking with residents most of them don't want to see cuts to teachers or their pay. One of the issues arises because pay for teachers and administrators makes up most of the budget.

"I don't know why we have so many districts with so many superintendents, and so many administrative staff to where it's pretty spendy," said Nampa resident John Costley.

He also mentioned he doesn't want to see teachers take the brunt of the cuts.

Other options includes furlough days, going to a four day school week, selling off land the district owns, and charging more for school activities like sports. They also have the option of restructuring bond payments, and asking voters to approve a supplemental levy.

While the board doesn't have to make all of it's decisions at Tuesday nights meeting they could make some decisions that could lead to cuts in the future.