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WOW: $87 for one meal? A big shout-out to Sam and Dist 95 – Glad we could pay for that.

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On March 8, 2012

$87 for one meal? Thanks to Sam and Dist 95. Glad we could pay for that.

Wow! First off, I will extend an apology to Tom for insinuating that he wasn’t setting a good example. It turns out he was, because an employee of the district thought it prudent that the taxpayer foot the bill for an $87.00 meal, which includes a $13.50 tip. Maybe you taught him too good – at least you beat him on the claim for mileage reembursement (by about $30.00).

As you can see from the claim form below, Sam Roberts submitted a claim to the taxpayers for this meal, that I’m sure was just part of attending the conference (sarcasm intended). This is just another example of public officials, thinking it’s OK to spend other people’s money in this fashion. Would the school district even consider approving payments of this type for other employees that are out of town during meal time? I think we know the answer to that question. So what makes these people think they are “special”?

It is clear, by this claim form that other meals could be purchased for a fraction of the cost of this one. Why was it so important to “party down” on our money?

For the record, I have submitted a freedom of information request to the school district for the actual receipts of the items on these expense statements. I will update this post when they are received.

As taxpayers we should expect our employees to use our money wisely. A meal costing $87.00 is grossly inappropriate by any standard for a school district employee. If this is any indication of how our money is being spent we will have to keep a microscope on the expenses involve in construction of the new high school.

More to lavish meals to follow…


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  • Bill
    Posted at 20:30h, 15 March

    It seems like Sam could have used that money to buy a little paint for
    the high school auditorium. I was at a function there last night and
    could not believe the condition of the peeling paint. Why do we pay
    maint the amount we do? Are they trying to make the high school look
    bad in order to encourage the desire for the new school?

    • jmkraft
      Posted at 20:38h, 15 March

      In all fairness to Sam, I don’t think the H.S. falls under D-95
      for maintenance anymore since becoming a Cooperative High School.

  • EdgarCountyMom
    Posted at 17:26h, 18 March

    How many hungry district 95 kids could eat for $87 dollars?