Students return to class in financially troubled Nampa School District

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Students return to class in financially troubled Nampa School District

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by Karen Zatkulak

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KTVB.COM

Posted on August 20, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 20 at 6:14 PM

NAMPA -- Students in Nampa were back in the classroom on Tuesday for the first day of school.

Over the summer, the district faced many changes and challenges, as they continue to deal with the multi-million dollar budget shortfall.

Several parents KTVB talked to admitted the school's financial situation is troubling.

In the past few months, the district dealt with changes in leadership, a lawsuit filed by the teachers union, frustrating negotiations with staff, and a loss of many teachers.

But both parents and administrators said they're ready to focus on what's important, the students' education.

Kari Deane now has three students at Snake River Elementary.

"It factors in quite a bit, I was very hesitant to bring them to the Nampa School District, but that's the district I happen to move into," said Deane.

She said while she's concerned with the changes that have come from such a massive budget shortfall, she's also willing to help improve her children's school system.

"I know that they are struggling with finances, I understand that. So, my husband and I are willing to help with donations and whatever we need to," said Deane.

Over the summer, we also learned many teachers decided not to return to Nampa schools.

The district spokesperson tells us 77-percent are back this year.

Lake Ridge Elementary only lost two teachers.

The school also gained hundreds of students, when the district closed nearby Sunny Ridge Elementary.

"I think it was the right decision economically. We needed to do it, beautiful building but lots of adjustments had to occur to make this happen," said Principal Steve LaBau.

LaBau said the cuts and changes have been hard on teachers and staff, but everyone is now back, concentrating on the classroom and the kids.

"A lot of transitions, transitions in the leaderships at the district level, but yet, school is here and opening and operating as normal," said LaBau.

The school spokesperson told KTVB, this year 160 teachers are new to the district, which is an increase from previous years.

We also learned there are currently only four open teacher positions.

Because it's just the first day, the student enrollment numbers are not yet in.

On Monday, we learned a judge ruled that changes made to last years' teacher contracts were illegal.

Those changes added four furlough days. The ruling does not affect current negotiations over furlough days in this years' contracts.

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