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Nampa Education Association v. Nampa School District No. 131

Supreme Court of Idaho

February 26, 2015

NAMPA EDUCATION ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff-Respondent,
v.
NAMPA SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 131, Defendant-Appellant

2015 Opinion No. 22

Appeal from the District Court of the Third Judicial District of the State of Idaho, in and for Canyon County. Hon. Molly J. Huskey, District Judge.

The judgment of the district court is affirmed.

William (Bud) F. Yost, III, Yost Law PLLC, Nampa, argued for appellant.

Paul J. Stark, Boise, argued for respondent.

EISMANN, Justice. Chief Justice BURDICK, Justices W. JONES, and HORTON CONCUR. J. JONES, Justice, specially concurring.

OPINION

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EISMANN, Justice.

This is an appeal out of Canyon County from a declaratory judgment holding that addenda to the teachers' employment contracts with Nampa School District No. 131 were illegal and unenforceable. The addenda provided that the teachers would voluntarily reduce their annual compensation by donating from one to four days of compensation

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to the School District. We affirm the judgment of the district court.

I.

Factual Background.

The Nampa Education Association was duly chosen as the local education organization representing teachers within Nampa School District No. 131 for the 2012-13 school year. The Association and the School District attempted unsuccessfully to negotiate the terms of a master employment contract for teachers in the School District. As a result, each teacher was given a contract in a form approved by the state superintendent of public instruction, which stated an amount of compensation for the teacher's services that was the last best offer by the School District. The teachers signed their contracts and began teaching pursuant to them in the fall of 2012.

The School District later faced a budget shortfall. The District's human resource officer, at the request of its superintendent, offered an addendum to the standard teachers' contract by which a teacher could agree to contribute one to four specified furlough days to the District. The four dates were January 4, March 8, March 22, and May 31 of 2013. The teacher would not be required to work on any furlough day that the teacher donated and would not receive any compensation for that day, but the teacher could volunteer to perform services on any donated ...


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