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Fewer than a dozen parents attend meeting to discuss Nampa Schools multi-million dollar shortfall
The Nampa School District says its budget shortfall is just more than $4.3 million. Parents worry the district will have no choice but to cut teachers. Eric Fink has the story. Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
On Wednesday, the Nampa School District will send out a mass-email to parents and staff asking for suggestions on how and where to trim a massive $4.3 million shortfall looming over the district.
Tuesday night, about 10 parents listened in as a 16-member budget committee, tasked with helping the district get out of the red, heard from school leaders as to where the district made errors and miscalculations for fiscal year 2012.
One parent of two elementary students is concerned the family's school district is so far deep in the hole, it will have no other choice but to start cutting teachers.
"How are we going to gain that $4 million back?," Angela Locklin asked. "I just don't see it happening unless they cut teachers, things that really count for our kids. There are limited teachers at the moment, you've got class sizesin excess of 37 - 40 students, how can you possibly get any one-on-one communication from a teacher and learn what's needed."
Community members will have an opportunity to sound off and voice their concerns and suggestions in front of the budget committee October 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the Nampa School District administrative offices.