Nampa teachers oppose furloughs

June 13, 2013 

Nampa teachers rejected a proposal from district administrators for a 14-day furlough to help cut a $3.5 million budget shortfall for the 2013-2014 during labor negotiations Thursday.

Instead, teachers say they want the district to use money it gets from the state to give them a 1.67 percent pay hike.

Locally generated revenue from tax levies and other sources along with cuts the district has made have totaled $21 million to the district in the past year, said Mandy Simpson, Nampa Education Association president.

She complained of a lack of transparency over financial numbers coming from the district. She points to the constantly shifting deficit that grew from $2.3 million when it was first reported last August to $5.1 million by March.

"As far as trust goes, it's a shaky thing out here," she said. "We want to know the truth."

Asked if he was surprised by the teachers counter proposal, district superintendent Pete Koehler said, " We will work our way through it."

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