Nampa may close schools to help fix budget

Nampa may close schools to help fix budget

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by Stephanie Zepelin

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KTVB.COM

Posted on March 15, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 5 at 11:27 AM

NAMPA -- The Nampa School District continues to make cuts due to a $4 million budget shortfall, and even after voters passed a major levy earlier this week.

Nampa voters passed a $4.3 million supplemental levy during Tuesday's regular election. However, officials say the cash boost still isn't enough for the district to get out of the red.

Folks from the Nampa School District repeatedly said there would be cuts whether or not the levy passed -- it was just a question of how deep those cuts would be.

Nampa School District spokesperson Allison Westfall told us earlier this week that nothing was safe from potential cuts.

Meanwhile, Nampa Superintendent Tom Michaelson has been working with a group of 15 stakeholders to come up with ideas. The group is made of district employees, parents, and community members. During the district's last school board meeting, Michaelson said the stakeholder group was examining the possibility of closing schools.

"He's been working with a group of stakeholders and they examined our capacity in our elementary schools and they looked at the number of students that we had. And their recommendation was there was capacity for us to be able to close a school and save some money," said Westfall.

The Nampa School District Board of Trustees is considering several options:

  • Closing Sunny Ridge Elementary School and shifting the majority of students to Lake Ridge Elementary School, and others to Iowa and Reagan elementary schools.
  • Moving the Nampa Early Childhood Learning Center to Greenhurst Elementary School
  • Having New Horizons fifth grade students attend the middle school in their attendance area this fall.   
  • Having New Horizons parents provide their students transportation to and from school

 

OPTIONS TO BE DISCUSSED MONDAY

Westfall said potential school closures would take effect before the 2013-2014 school year. She further said all of these options would be discussed at the Nampa Board of Trustees special meeting on Monday. That meeting is scheduled 7 p.m. in the Nampa High School Little Theater. The meeting is open to the public, and folks are allowed to give feedback, but comments are limited to three minutes.

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