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BOISE -- A school district in southwestern Idaho is allowing the use of community volunteers as substitute teachers to help offset a $2.8 million budget shortfall.

The Idaho Press-Tribune reports the Nampa School District approved the new policy Tuesday.

District officials have reduced funding for substitute teachers to help cover the shortfall and say that while there is still some money available, it's not enough to meet all of their needs this year. That is where the volunteers come in.

District human resource officer Steve Kipp says volunteers will have to pass a background check, undergo drug testing and sign a contract outlining their duties. They will not, however, have to complete an online training course required of paid substitutes.

The lack of that requirement has raised concerns with the Nampa Education Association.

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