Nampa furloughs won't fall equally on teachers

broberts@idahostatesman.comJuly 10, 2013 

Nearly half the teachers in the Nampa School District won't be affected by plans to impose a 14-day furlough as a cost saving move next year.

Cutting their pay would put the teachers below the district's minimum salary of $31,750. Idaho doesn't permit school districts to pay less than the minimum state salary for teachers of $31,000 beginning next year.

On the advice of attorneys, the district is adopting that policy to its own minimum.

Nampa's teachers union, which has opposed furloughs to help the district get out of a projected $3.5 million budget shortfall for the 2013-2014 school year, say disparity in the enforced time off creates problems.

If low-paying teachers take the financial hit, it could impair their families' budgets. But if they don't, they could invite resentment from higher-paid teachers who are losing money to a furlough.

Furloughs are only part of the problem Nampa School District faces as it prepares for next year. The district has lost 119 teachers for 2013-2014, up from 80 in the 2012-2013 school year. More resignations are likely. The district has lost a total of 151 faculty and staff.

Some are teachers who say they worried about job security in the district as it works through budgetary problems that surfaced last August and led to a $5.1 million deficit.

Some of the teachers have gotten jobs in the Meridian School District, where their pay is higher.

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