Nampa school board approves teacher contracts with 14-day furlough

broberts@idahostatesman.comJune 28, 2013 

Nampa School trustees set teacher contracts Friday that include a 14-day furlough and increased pay for teachers who get more education.

But those contracts could change as administrators and teachers continue negotiations.

Trustees adopted the contracts to meet state requirements that contracts be issued to teachers by July 1.

Earlier in the day, administrators rejected the teacher’s union latest offer of combining pay increases with two weeks of furlough, saying it would leave the district more than $1.8 million in the red for the 2013-2014 school year.

Teachers had agreed to the district’s proposal of 14 days of furlough, but wanted increases in pay for teacher longevity and a one-time bonus for teachers who are topped out on the district’s salary grid.

Mandy Simpson, Nampa Education Association, accused the district of failing to negotiate. “You have wasted my time,” she said in negotiations Friday morning. She called the district’s position “insulting.”

Pete Koehler, district interim superintendent, said “I am deeply gratified for your proposal.” But, he said, “The board has determined that this district will balance the budget.”

Negotiations ended shortly before noon. Simpson declined to talk with reporters after the meeting, saying she was too upset to answer questions.

Nampa School District’s position on teacher pay essentially hasn't changed since negations began and district officials said they needed 14 furlough days to help wipe out a $3.5 million projected deficit for the 2013-2014 school year. The district faced a $5.1 million deficit created by a pattern of overspending in previous years. If that pattern continues, district could see a $3.5 million deficit for the coming school year, district officials say.

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