An Idaho judge has ruled that the Nampa School District had no business revising contracts with individual teachers at the height of its budget mess.
The budget fiasco, triggered by a 2012 $4.3 million shortfall—due, in large part, to accounting errors and improper oversight—resulted in the resignation of Superintendent Gary Larsen. Soon thereafter, the Nampa School District decided to shut down a school, outsource custodial services and ask teachers to take extra furlough days. Several teachers accepted the revised contracts, but the teachers' union, the Nampa Education Association, argued that the union, not the teachers, was the bargaining unit between teachers and the district.
On Aug. 19, 3rd District Judge Molly Huskey agreed with the union and voided the revised contracts. Huskey's ruling also left the door open if teachers chose to pursue further action against the Nampa School District.
“We all could have saved a lot of time and heartache and money had we been able to sit down at the table,” NEA attorney Paul Stark told the Idaho Press-Tribune. “But at that time, the district would not, and absolutely refused to speak with the Nampa Education Association.”