The belt-tightening continues at Hillsborough schools
True to his word, Hillsborough Chief of Staff Alberto Vazquez is watching spending carefully as the district seeks to save another $130 million this year in its general fund.
To that end, Vazquez this week ordered a freeze on out-of-county travel, with some exceptions:
1. If the travel is covered by an outside entity,
2. If the travel is covered from personal funds, and
3. If there is an internal school account that can cover the trip. This is money that comes from school fundraisers, and not the taxpayers.
"The freeze will continue through the end of the fiscal year June 30, 2017," says the memo from chief business officer Gretchen Saunders.
A second email followed, clarifying the first.
"For example," Vazquez wrote, "a conference that is not mandatory or can be posponed that requires district funds will not be approved."
For students, however, trips that have already been approved will be allowed to continue - for example, a Florida Orchestra Conference that requires chaperones.
But even under these scenarios, schools must get permission from Vazquez's office.