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Monitor nixes Youngstown school board trip to San Diego

Published: Thu, March 14, 2013 @ 5:09 p.m.

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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11970mach1(1005 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Can we get monitors to cancel other governement trips too?

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2republicanRick(1542 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Look at Sarah Brown Clark in the courts office, she goes on 4 trips PER YEAR.

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3redeye1(5351 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

They are a bunch of demoncrats who know how to waste taxpayers money.

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4impdude(19 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Great Going ! The monitor should also deny any upper level pay perks for administrators ..I would venture to say austerity should be the word of the day.
Make them spend our money like it was coming out of their paycheck. Maybe they will think twice before some expenditures are executed

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5MLC75(644 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

I'm glad the monitor has common sense,it would be a fire storm if the board members went.It would be nothing more than a waste of money,nothing would change in the Youngstown schools.

It would be nothing more than a vacation at the tax payers expense.

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