YOUNGSTOWN — The fiscal monitor for the city school district has denied a request to spend about $12,000 in district funds to send five school board members to a conference next month in San Diego.
“Even though I believe the conference would benefit the board members who attend and thus would benefit the school district, the potential controversy that it could create, outweighs the benefits of attending,” wrote James Reinhard, in a letter to board members Wednesday. He is the fiscal monitor appointed by the Youngstown Schools Academic Distress Commission.
The school board had passed a resolution Tuesday authorizing President Richard Atkinson and members Lock P. Beachum Sr., Marcia Haire-Ellis, Brenda Kimble and Michael Murphy to the April 13-15 National School Boards Association 73rd Annual Conference.
The cost, including registration, Black Caucus luncheon and workshops, hotel and airfare totals $11,862.
Atkinson and Haire-Ellis each had planned to pay for their own airfares. Members Rachel Hanni and Andrea Mahone weren’t going.
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