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BOISE -- Some Nampa School District employees are now facing pay cuts after the Nampa School Board's latest vote on Tuesday night. The board also imposed activity and transportation fees for middle school and high school students.

The decision was made in an effort to help the district recover from its $4.3 million deficit.

Tuesday's meeting was a packed house, and featured a heated debate that drew emotion from both sides.

FURLOUGHDAYS

Board members voted to force classified employees to take four mandatory furlough days without pay.

Classified employees include para-professionals, custodians, and kitchen staff. Those employees must take the furlough days during the 2012-2013 school year.

One member of the Nampa Education Association says those classified employees already have low salaries.

But board members say big cuts are needed to save the school system.

Mandy Simpson with the Nampa Education Association says, That hurts; that hits hard. A lot of our classified staff take home about $13,000 a year, which that alone makes me sick.

Simpson says she feels like the weight of the budget shortfall is falling on those working inside the schools.

School Board Member Bob Otten says while the decision may not be popular with some, it's what's needed to save the school system. What do you think we should do? Just sit here and rely on all these things? Well, it may not happen and your school district is going to close down.

We're told all administrators and building principals have volunteered to take four furlough days as well. Some teachers have offered to voluntarily take the furlough days as well. The district says contract negotiations may be necessary to enable these teachers to take the days.

TRANSPORTATIONFEES

The board also passed a transportation fee for high school and middle school students that will go into effect this spring. For high school students, the fee is $50 per activity. For middle school students, the fee is $25.

High school activities with a required transportation fee are:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Dance Team
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Debate Team
  • Track
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Middle schools activities with a required transportation fee are:

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Track
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

ACTIVITYCARDFEES

Starting in the fall of 2013, some students will be required to purchase acitivity cards in order to participate in some sports and extracurricular activities. Those cards will cost $35 for high school students, and $20 for middle school students.

Students participating in the following activities would be required to purchase an activity card. Other students would have the option to purchase the card.

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Clubs that letter
  • Cross country
  • Dance Team
  • Drama
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Debate Team
  • Track
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Middle school

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Track
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Other discussions for fixing the deficit included getting a loan, and selling property.

Another possibility would be a supplemental levy, but one that would not impact taxes.

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