Nampa reaches tentative contract agreement

It took two days with a federal mediator, but Nampa administrators and union representatives have a tentative agreement on a 2016-17 contract.

On average, teacher pay would increase by nearly 5 percent — but the actual raises would vary widely. The proposed salary agreement funds a year of movement on the state’s salary schedule, and it changes pay based on postsecondary credits. As a result, teacher raises would vary from 2 percent to 14 percent.

The tentative settlement bridges a $1 million gap between Nampa School District and Nampa Education Association negotiators.

Now, the proposed agreement must be ratified. It will go to the union and the Nampa school board for a vote.

During the ongoing negotiations, district teachers have been working under terms of their 2015-16 contract — with most paid at their 2015-16 salary. If the contract is ratified, teachers would receive raises retroactive to July 1, the start of the new budget year.



Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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