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NAMPA-- The proposal to eliminate nearly three weeks of teacher pay in the Nampa SchoolDistrict will be on the negotiating table Tuesday night.

That's when contract talks will continue between the local teacher's union and district staff.

Union members from the Nampa Education Association will meet with members of the Nampa School District at 6:30 p.m.

Last Friday, the district proposed cuts of nearly $2.6 million dollars through a combination of 14 days of teacher furloughs, cuts to insurance, and cuts to long and short-term disability.

IdahoEducation News reports those options include requiring teachers to pay for 15 percent of their own health insurance premiums, along with turning life insurance and long-and short-term disability benefits into optional programs. Those changes would likely save over $1 million dollars.

It's not clear how many classroom days students would lose in the deal.

The cuts would take effect in the 2013-2014 school year.

District spokesperson Allison Westfall said tonight's meeting is a chance for the NEAto respond to the proposed cuts.

Whether we'll see a counter-proposal tonight, that's the question, Westfall said.

The financial problems in question stem from clerical and accounting errors the district discovered this past August. That's when a shortfall of around $4.3 million dollars was identified.

Select staff, including paraprofessionals and janitors have already seen reduced work hours and layoffs due to the shortfall.

Transportation and activity fees have already been imposed for students.

You can get a full breakdown of the district's finances and proposal to cut staffing here.

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