Teachers, Nampa School District spar over contracts

Teachers, Nampa School District spar over contracts

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by KTVB.COM

KTVB.COM

Posted on May 21, 2013 at 11:24 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 22 at 9:34 AM

NAMPA—The Nampa Education Association and representatives from the Nampa School District met Tuesday evening for a second time to negotiate contracts.

However, both parties left unresolved on some issues.

During the two-hour meeting, they discussed sick leave, personal leave, and substitute teachers.

Representatives from the National Education Association asked that all the elements from the 2010-2011 Master Contract be brought back and included in the 2013-2014 Master Contract.

Members of the NEA also asked the district to ensure the contract reflects that teachers not be used as substitutes.

"Ultimately it comes to down to being able to provide the best education for kids," said Mandy Simpson, a teacher and the President of the NEA.

Amy White, a lawyer working with the school district said they would double the budget of substitutes, and mentioned that sometimes in the past there were not enough substitute teachers.

"Cost is a problem as evidence as it was handled this year,” said White.

Interim Superintendent Pete Koehler said the district could not guarantee that a teacher will not ever cover as a substitute.

The details of sick days and personal days were also discussed, but the parties agreed some language would have to be changed regarding when a certified staff member could take time away from school.

The teacher's union will meet with the district again on May 31st at 7:30 a.m. That meeting is open to the public.

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