Nampa explores options to help homeless students

The Nampa School District is trying to come up with a new plan for a shelter for homeless students, after one plan fell through this summer.

The district had planned to allow a local nonprofit group, The Community Builder, to convert an abandoned school into housing for 20 students, the Idaho Press-Tribune reported Saturday. A lease was effective May, but was rescinded a month later, because administrators had signed the agreement before going to the school board for approval, the Press-Tribune reported.

The plan to convert the abandoned school building was itself controversial. Supporters said the housing would fill an important need, the Press-Tribune reported. Critics cited several concerns — including liability issues and a potential impact on area property values.

The district now has two committees at work, spokeswoman Kathleen Tuck told the Press-Tribune. One committee is looking at what the district should do with vacant properties, while the second is looking at what the district should do for its homeless students.

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