Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Nampa School Superintendent's Resignation Tied to $2.8 Million Error

Posted By on Tue, Sep 25, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Just more than a month after the Nampa School District discovered a $2.8 million budgeting error, the Nampa Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting this evening to consider the resignation of Superintendent Gary Larsen.

This morning's edition of the Idaho Press-Tribune reports that the "district's financial problems may be more serious than previously thought." A school board trustee confirmed that the resignation is connected to the financial issues, but would not provide any additional details.

The district's financial officer had resigned in January, leaving the position open for months leading up the $2.8 million screw-up. After discovering the shortfall, district officials hired Michelle Yankovich, a certified public accountant, to fill the slot. District officials said at the time, there was no evidence of financial wrongdoing and that the position had been unfilled because of state budget cuts.

Larsen's 39-year career in education began in Bonners Ferry, leading him to the post of Nampa School superintendent in 1994.

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