...A few days before the latest committee’s meeting Thursday, the school system released expense records for school board staff following a request from the Parents’ Coalition of Montgomery County. The system has already released records for school board members and other school system officials.http://www.gazette.net/article/20140703/NEWS/140709547/1124/montgomery-county-school-board-panel-mulls-more-limits-on-member&template=gazette
The committee plans to meet again before passing along its recommendations to the full board this month.
The staff expense records note that Ikhide Roland Ikheloa, the chief of staff to the board, mistakenly used his school system-issued credit card to make several purchases and that he reimbursed the system.
According to the records, Ikheloa’s accidental card uses include a $581.87 purchase at a Mr. Tire store, a $67.09 purchase at Target, a $50 purchase at Sargent Cleaners, a $36.56 purchase at Giant and a $33.25 purchase at CVS. He returned the Target items and reimbursed the system for the other charges, the records say.
“Mr. Ikheloa mistakenly used his district card to makes purchases that were not job-related,” school system spokesman Dana Tofig wrote in an email. “In each case he quickly rectified the situation.”
The school system also paid for an October 2013 dinner for board members and others during an Ocean City conference totalling about $509, according to the records. The dinner purchases, which do not go against school system policy, included a $42 surf and turf dish, a $39 lobster tail dish and a couple of orders of $39 prime ribs.
The records also show that the school system paid for board member Judith Docca to take taxis to meetings and events related to her school board role. She has been unable to drive due to health issues. One February taxi trip to a meeting in St. Mary’s County cost about $457. Multiple trips have cost about $20 to $30, while others have cost more than $300, $200 and $100...