Nampa levy passes, district to consider school closures anyway

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by Stephanie Zepelin and KTVB.COM

NWCN.com

Posted on March 12, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 10 at 7:04 AM

NAMPA -- The future of Nampa's schools was in the hands of voters Tuesday.

While the district's highly-publicized $4.3M levy passed with a 73% majority, officials say they still expect to make deep cuts to the district's budget, and are considering the closure of some schools.

The huge levy comes after a series of problems regarding finances in the Nampa School District, including a clerical error that resulted in a major budget shortfall.

Tuesday's outcome means there will be no new tax increase for voters.

VOTER TURNOUT

Poll workers told KTVB they had a steady stream of voters all day. Most voters KTVB talked to said they voted in favor of the levy.

"I think there were some mistakes made and I think we just need to put this all behind us," said Nampa voter Timothy Vincent. "This supplementary levy is not going to increase our taxes at this point and time and its going to combine some things and everything is going to stay the same and I think we need to move forward at this point."

"Just hoping we can set a solid foundation for the future and this community and getting the best education possible," said Johnny Hampton, another Nampa voter and parent.

WHAT'S NEXT?

The Nampa School District had their regular School Board meeting Tuesday night, where Superintendent Dr. Thomas Michaelson said he has been meeting with a group of 15 stakeholders to see what they think should be cut.

The group, whose voting body does not include Michaelson, unanimously voted to look into closing schools.

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