Thursday, January 29, 2015

PG School board unanimously votes to ban credit cards

UPPER MARLBORO – The Prince George’s County Board of Education unanimously voted to include a provision in its policy banning board members from having county-issued credit cards following a routine legislative update Thursday evening.
The decision came after the board voted to accept committee positions regarding bills proposed in the General Assembly by members of the Prince George’s County House Delegation, including a bill proposed by Delegate Alonzo Washington (D-22) that would have banned credit cards.
In October, The Sentinel reported board members spent thousands on local meals and a retreat at a hotel in National Harbor. According to credit card receipts and expense reports, the board’s vice chair, Carolyn Boston, and school board member Verjeana Jacobs used their credit cards for the most meals of any board members between January 2013 and May 2014. Boston purchased 114 meals totaling more than $5,500 and Jacobs purchased 87 meals totaling more than $6,200. The retreat cost taxpayers more than $5,000 plus additional costs for room service and overnight valet parking...

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