Nampa School District reveals bigger deficits, votes to shut down school
Jennifer Auh reports on the Nampa School Board's decision on whether to close down a school and other funding cuts. Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
The Nampa School District held a packed public meeting Monday night to discuss ways to combat a growing budget deficit. They revealed their finacial hole is deeper than they previously estimated.
Less than a week after voters passed a levy to help the school face a $4.3 million debt, the school district leaders revealed it is now projected to be $5.1 million, which means more cuts need to be made.
The additional debt comes from the latest projection, which shows the school districts budget shortfall for the year 2012/2013 is $2.9 million, not $2.1 million, as originally forecasted.
After hearing testimony from the Nampa community and the Nampa school leaders, the board members voted to close Sunny Ridge Elementary as part of a plan to help save the district money. The response to that cut was mixed, some supporting the idea, other against the cuts.
The Nampa School District will save the school district about $500,000, by shutting down Sunny Ridge this next school year.
During the meeting the next topic discussed was funding cuts for New Horizon Dual Language Academy. There was strong opposition from the public, in regards to New Horizon removing its busing system and no funding beyond its K-5 program.
Despite the objections, the board also decided to make the cuts for both the buses and any middle school extension programs.