Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Nampa Schools Deputy Superintendent Resigns Amid Budget Mess

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2012 at 9:08 AM

The latest casualty in the tide of red ink that has swamped the Nampa School District is the deputy superintendent.

Josh Jensen submitted his resignation to the Nampa School Board Tuesday, via email. Jensen had served briefly as interim superintendent after Gary Larsen stepped down from the post in September, leaving behind a $4.3 million budget screw-up caused by bad bookkeeping and planning.

In September, Nampa school trustees were told that the district had projected a nearly $2 million surplus during fiscal year 2011, when in fact, it operated on a $1 million deficit. School officials said the mistake "was camouflaged by $3 million in federal stimulus money that hadn't been budgeted for." District budget officials told the committee that stimulus money was "double budgeted." Additionally, state support was overbudgeted by nearly $1 million.

On Nov. 15, trustees asked Thomas Michaelson to take over as interim school superintendent. Michaelson served as superintendent and/or chief executive officer of several California school districts from 1981 to 2010, including some that were "in a situation of financial crisis."

Michaelson had retired and moved to Nampa in 2010, but now he is signing an interim contract that will run through June 2013.

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