The Nampa Education Association has filed a lawsuit against the Nampa School District challenging the districts implementation of voluntary furlough days.
In December, nearly 60 percent of Nampa teachers volunteered to take up to four unpaid days between January and May to help the school district dig out of a $4.3 million deficit. Additionally, all of the districts administrators volunteered to take four to six furlough days, and the board required all classified staff to take furlough days.
According to the petition filed last week in 3rd District Court, the teachers were pressured by the school district to modify their contract to allow the furlough days.
The teachers union claims the addendum contracts are illegal because the state superintendent of public instruction did not approve them. Under state education rules, any deviation from the standard teacher contract requires state superintendent approval.
The teachers union wants a judge to declare the addendum contracts unlawful and unenforceable.
Nampa School District Interim Superintendent Thomas Michaelson said on Tuesday, Its clear that the association is out of touch with our teachers as nearly 60 percent voluntarily signed up for furlough days, supporting our effort restore financial stability. I am disappointed that rather than come up with solutions, the NEAs approach has been to discourage teachers from volunteering and to force the district to spend money it doesn't have on legal fees and court costs.