At tomorrow night's MoCo Board of Education Meeting (July 28, 2014), the Board will consider its brand new policy on Compensation and Guidelines for Board Expenditures.
Look carefully and in Appendix C you will find the list of events that Board members may attend.
Does this revised policy provide more guidance than before?
It looks pretty loose to me. What is an assorted conference? How many of these things can a board member attend? Its also open ended - all a Board member needs to do to attend a party that is not on the approved list is ask!
No budget, no limit on events, just go and eat.
And how many of these events are really necessary? Some - like the County Executive's Ball, looks like a grand time, but does this really further the education of the children in MoCo? Others look very much like they are tied to the election process, for example, the Committee for Montgomery Legislative Breakfast, the Minority Legislative Breakfast, and the Montgomery County Commission for Women's Legislative Breakfast.
What benefit do our children get when MoCo BOE members attend these events? Do we need all eight at every event?
Didn't the press have a field day with Chris and Rebecca's eating out all the time?
And - do we want part time BOE members expending full time at events of little benefit to the taxpayers?
Let the Board know how you feel about their list of parties.
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