District Picked up Tab for In-Room Movies, Fines

5 years 11 months 3 weeks ago May 06, 2011 May 6, 2011 Friday, May 06 2011 Friday, May 06, 2011 6:44:00 AM CDT in News
By: Robert Kessler

FERGUSON (AP) - Members of a suburban St. Louis school board are facing scrutiny for a trip in which the district paid for in-room movies, laundry service and even $500 in fines for smoking in a smoke-free hotel.

Last month, four of the seven members of the Ferguson-Florissant School District board went to San Francisco for the National School
Boards Association conference. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch obtained public records detailing the hotel charges for the trip that cost the district nearly $13,000. The trip came days after three incumbents were ousted by voters angered over a costly benefits package offered to superintendent Jeff Spiegel.

The board president told the newspaper that because members are not paid, he sees trips as a perk of sorts, as well as a valuable source of information.

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