CANYON COUNTY — The Nampa School District Board of Trustees will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to discuss a number of short- and long-term solutions to overcome the $4.3 million budget shortfall. The meeting is open to the public and is at 619 S. Canyon Street at the district office.

On the agenda is the consideration of proposed transportation and activity fees, permission to pursue potential sale of property and consideration to declare financial emergency status, among other agenda items.  

At a special budget committee meeting Wednesday, Interim Superintendent Thomas Michaelson was unaware if declaring a financial emergency was an option available to the district. If the district meets one or more conditions of Idaho Statute 33-522, and because Students Come First Proposition 1 was repealed, it would be able to declare financial emergency status. It provides districts the “power to reopen the salary and benefits compensation aspects of the negotiated agreement …” that includes the length of certified employee contracts and the amount of compensation and benefits.

Other considerations the special budget committee previously outlined include re-opening employee contracts to consider furlough days, restructuring bond payments and proposing a supplemental levy, a four-day work week and eliminating the last four days of school, among other considerations.

If the a solution to the crisis is not found soon, Nampa High School Principal Pete Koehler said Wednesday the district will face few options and may be force to make school closures.

Michaelson told the Idaho Press-Tribune Thursday schools will remain open through the end of the school year.

Michaelson comes to Nampa from school districts in California, known for his abilities to help districts thought financial crisis.

In some instances, a school was closed and layoffs were made during Michaelson’s previous superintendencies.

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