NAMPA -- Nampa Education Association and the Nampa School District met for a fourth time on Tuesday night to discuss contract negotiations.
At the most recent contract negotiations meeting, a proposal to implement 14 unpaid furlough days was not received well by the teacher s union. Those with the NEA said they would need more time before coming up with a counter proposal.
However, those associated with the district came forward with more concrete plans for how to furlough, how to save money, and how to get the district s massive financial deficit back on track.
District lead negotiator Amy White said the 14 furlough days would be spread out through the school year, and would include five regular school days. On those days, students would have no school.
To make up for that lost class time, the district would add four minutes to each school day throughout the regularly scheduled year. Teachers would also be asked to furlough their teacher-work days, as well as days when there are early-out times for students. The school year would begin at a later date, too. However, that date was not specified.
NEA President Mandy Simpson expressed a need for more time on the issue, saying the union wants to survey members.
Simpson has said before that teachers are being forced to take the brunt of the district s financial mistakes.
However, time to agree on a plan is running out fast.
District spokesperson Allison Westfall said an agreement on teacher contracts need to be met before July 1. The two parties will come together again on June 13 at 6 p.m. in the district's board meeting room.
Nampa School District proposed cuts
- 14 unpaid furlough days for teachers
- 5 include regular school days
- Four additional minutes added to each regularly-scheduled school day
- No teacher work days, or work on early-out days
- School year begins later
Simpson said they hope to have a counter offer on the proposal of furlough days by then, but there is no guarantee.
Westfall said in addition to the furloughs, changes in the teacher s health insurance plans and life insurance policies could end up saving the district millions of dollars, and help bridge the gap in the deficit.
At Tuesday's meeting, the district and the NEA did come closer on one subject:finalizing an agreement on leave time.
The financial problems in question stem from clerical and accounting errors the district discovered in August 2012. That's when a shortfall of around $4.3 million dollars was identified.
Select staffs, 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.