Thursday, June 20, 2013

Press-Tribune: Nampa, Teachers Running Out of Time For Agreement

Posted By on Thu, Jun 20, 2013 at 9:35 AM

The Nampa School District and its teacher's union are still at loggerheads, but quickly running out of time, as they face a Monday, July 1, deadline to submit a spending a plan for the 2013-2014 school year.

This morning's Idaho Press-Tribune reports that a June 19 bargaining session became heated, with both sides arguing with raised voices, as the Nampa Education Association countered the school district's proposal to force more furloughs on teachers.

Earlier this month, the Nampa School District proposed a forced furlough of 14 days during the upcoming school year, in addition to cuts to short- and long-term disability benefits, life insurance benefits, supplemental salaries and extra-day contracts.

June 19, the NEA countered by offering four furlough days. But the teacher's union questioned the school district's claims of a $3.4 million budget shortfall for the coming year.

"The numbers and values (given) by the district to the public—it doesn't add up," said NEA President Mandy Simpson.

But Nampa School Superintendent Pete Koehler insisted, "There is no money hidden somewhere. We are sitting on a realistic debt."

The next negotiating session is set for Thursday, June 27.

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