JOPLIN (AP) - Top Joplin school administrators say much of the tens of thousands of dollars spent on travel since the May 2011 tornado went for trips to say thank you to those who helped the district recover.
The Joplin Globe reports receipts on credits cards issued to Superintendent C.J. Huff and Assistant Superintendent Angie Besendorfer showed $42,625 spent on travel since the tornado damaged or destroyed several schools.
Nearly half of that - $20,402 - included costs of travel for other district staff.
Huff said much of the travel involved visiting groups that worked in Joplin after the tornado, such as the Missouri National Guard and the St. Louis Suburban Nurses' Association. He says the trips keep the spotlight on Joplin and encourage continued donations.