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Nampa parents speak out about dealing with more school supply costs
Jennifer Auh reports on parents in Nampa concerned about extra school expenses. Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
The Nampa School District is still trying to make up for a bookkeeping error that led to a $2.8 million budget shortfall.
Since the news broke last week, Today’s 6 and FOX 9 News has received emails from parents.
Christina Dice is a mother of three children in the Nampa School District.
Dice said her children just started school this week, and they came home saying their teachers asked for extra school supplies, in addition to their first school supply list.
According to Dice’s daughter, the teachers told the students, they'd have to buy the extra school supplies because of the recent budgeting error.
Last week, we found the Nampa School District miscalculated some numbers in their budget that resulted in the $2.8 million shortfall.
The error left the school district cutting corners with no new teachers this year, no substitutes and a $600,000 cut in office supplies for schools and district offices.
However, parents said they were never notified from the schools, they could be picking up some of the costs for those supplies.
“What is going on? How much more money has to come out of our pockets for our kids to learn in this public school system?” asked Dice.
She said she just started working as a pharmacy tech at St. Alphonsus three weeks ago. After being out of a job for a while, she said her family has been on a tight budget.
“There are a lot of families in this economy that are on a fixed budget,” said Dice, “If they don't buy those tools that children need to learn, are children going to suffer in the Nampa School District, because the schools can't afford to supply those tools?”
We talked to the Nampa School District spokesperson several times. She told us she's contacted the school principal, and she will get back to us when more specific information is available.