Nampa schools refuse cuts to music, phys-ed

broberts@idahostatesman.comMay 14, 2013 

Nampa School District Trustees balked at cutting nearly 18 elementary music and physical education teachers and counselors Tuesday and told the school district to look elsewhere for the money.

During the same meeting, Tom Michaelson, the superintendent hired last year to clean up the district's financial mess, announced he will be not be superintendent after this year. Details were not available at press time.

Trustees said music and physical education were too important to children’s education to have the staffing reduced by about half. District officials sought the cuts to help close a projected $3 million funding gap for next year. The board vote was 4-1.

Trustees also directed officials to look at changing high school scheduling, which some educators say could save the district $1.5 million.

Trustees did approve reduction of 12 elementary and 15 secondary teachers through attrition. Included in the reductions will be one teacher each from secondary music, foreign language and art.

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