Wednesday, March 13, 2013

In Spite of Levy 'Yes' Vote, Nampa Still Considering Slashing Some Transportation, Closing Schools

Posted By on Wed, Mar 13, 2013 at 9:14 AM

The Nampa School District, which saw a majority of voters approve a $4.3 million supplemental levy Tuesday, has called for a special school board meeting Monday, March 18, when trustees will still consider austere cuts.

This morning's Idaho Press-Tribune reports that the board will consider slashing funds to the district's dual-language program, ending transportation to the district's New Horizons school, and the possibility of school closures.

New Horizons provides an English-Spanish education but Interim Superintendent Tom Michaelson says the program requires hundreds of thousands of dollars that "the district simply does not have," according to the Press-Tribune.

Meanwhile, a special task force is recommending to the school board that transportation to New Horizons be cut, which would save the district more than $260,000. The task force also proposed that the board allow Michaelson "to research school closures," according to the Press-Tribune.

The special meeting is set for 7 p.m., March 18, at Nampa High School.

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