Nampa ratifies contract — quickly

Relatively speaking, this happened quickly.

The Nampa School Board and the the Nampa Education Association voted Tuesday to ratify a 2014-15 master agreement.

The agreement comes one week into the budget year. Contracts were mailed out July 1, based on the tentative agreement between district and union negotiators. But for 2013-14, it took until February for the district and the union to hammer out an agreement.

The 2014-15 agreement will mean more money for district employees — and a more robust academic calendar in the state’s third largest district. The agreement restores 14 days to the school calendar; a year ago, the district imposed the 14 unpaid furlough days as the centerpiece of a plan to eliminate a shortfall. The district is now back in the black, and some teachers will receive raises based on experience. However, out-of-pocket costs for health insurance will increase.

Read more: For more details on the Nampa agreement, click on this past story. For a sense of the negotiations process statewide, here’s an overview. And for more from the Nampa School Board meeting, here’s a link to the Idaho Press-Tribune.



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