Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Nampa Superintendent to BW: 'I'm Recommending Levy in 2013'

Posted By on Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 10:58 AM

When Boise Weekly asked Pete Koehler, interim superintendent of the Nampa School District , how the current school year might end up financially, he was was happy to say that it would be very close to breaking even.

That's a far cry from the millions of dollars of red ink that the district has been slogging through since a 2012 series of accounting errors triggered the resignation of the district's superintendent (they have since had two others).

And Koehler is prepared to look to Nampa voters to approve a new levy to keep the district's head above water.

"My recommendation to the board is that I believe we need to run a supplemental levy in the Spring 2014," Koehler told BW. "On the low end, I would recommend $1.6 million. I hoping that it's closer to $1.8 million."

The reason is simple, Koehler. He wants to restore the district's educating force which saw scores of veteran teachers leave the district earlier this year.

"I need to buy back teachers. We need to cut the number of furlough days (which is currently at 14)," Koehler told BW.

In the new edition of BW, we sit down to talk with Koehler and visit a Nampa 4th grade classroom as we consider the current state of education in Idaho's third largest school district.

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