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Nampa’s Melting Down, Who’s Next?

Any Idaho school district teetering toward financial distress is a concern for all. But what happens in Nampa — Idaho's third-largest school system - has the potential of swamping the rest of the state. That district is undergoing wave after wave of seemingly intractable maladies. Last August, the district discovered it has double-counted federal and state revenues - putting it $2.3 million behind. A month later, the deficit deepened to $4.3 million. New Superintendent Thomas Michaelson, brought in to fix the mess, reported in March the situation was even worse - now the district was $5.1 million short. Plus it turned out $1.2 million that was supposed to be repaying bonds had gone into covering ordinary bills and had to be repaid/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: And Butch plans to hold onto an approximate $162M for dear life? Maybe he should save some of Idaho's school district that are in dire straits. Thoughts?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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