NAMPA — The Nampa School District Board of Trustees decided Tuesday to hold two special board meetings to consider contracting for custodial and food services.

Interim Superintendent Tom Michaelson said the Financial Recommendation Committee realized “substantial cost savings” for the district by contracting custodial services — about $200,000 annually. Specifics were not presented to the Board Tuesday — a detailed recommendation will be given at the special board meeting.

Shane Harrell, acting as a spokesperson for the custodial staff, told the board he is concerned the quality of service will decline should it be contracted.

“My staff has taken furloughs. We are willing to take more if needed, as long as we can remain a part of the Nampa School District,” Harrell said. “Do not exclude us by outsourcing. Keep us a part of the solution.”

District officials previously said that, in some cases, existing employees are hired by the contracting company.

The Board will also hear a detailed plan at a special board meeting about contracting food services. The deadline for those proposals is April 18.

The trustees voted to accept the recommendation to borrow money through D.L. Evans Bank. Terms of the potential loan have yet to be discussed.

In addition, new boundaries were approved for the elementary schools due to the closure of the Sunny Ridge Elementary School.


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