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Don't forget to justify travel, Pasco School Board chairman warns staff



Just over a year ago, Pasco County school district officials landed in hot water for making out-of-state trips without getting School Board permission ahead of time. Going forward, Superintendent Kurt Browning pledged to bring any travel requests to the board in advance, or disapprove them.

Board members agreed with the proposal, adding that they wanted justification before and after the trips that the money was well spent.

This week, board chairman Steve Luikart felt compelled to remind the administration of that requirement, as the board considered approval for four people to attend an education summit in California.

"I don't have a problem with us going there," Luikart told the staff before the vote. But a one-page synopsis of the event and its value for teachers and kids could go a long way with board members, who began scrutinizing travel more closely after last year's concerns arose, he said.

Such reports have been sporadic, Luikart later told the Gradebook, and they need to become more regular.

"We want to make sure we're on top of it, so it doesn't get out of hand again," he said.

The staff said it would submit summary reports in the future.

[Last modified: Friday, October 9, 2015 2:24pm]


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