Thursday, May 22, 2014

WPost: Montgomery Co. school board member pays back almost $1,500 in unauthorized expenses

Montgomery County Board of Education member and County Council candidate Christopher Barclay has reimbursed the school system for more than $1,600 in unauthorized expenses since 2012, including restaurant meals and purchases from an on-line travel site, records show. 
The expenses were charged to a board-issued American Express card that members and other senior school officials may use for meals, travel and lodging related to official business. 
The reimbursements were first disclosed by the Parents’ Coalition of Montgomery County, a watchdog group that presses the school system for greater transparency. The information came in response to a public records request, and WJLA reported on the expenses Wednesday. 
Records show that Barclay used the card last June and July for more than $900 in purchases from the Hotwire travel site, and has since reimbursed the school system for that amount. The records did not detail the nature of the purchases...
...Barclay, 53, a two-term board member and who is running in next month’s Democratic primary for the open District 5 County Council seat, did not respond to phone or e-mail messages Thursday...
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