FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Members of a suburban St. Louis school board are facing scrutiny for a trip in which the district paid for in-room movies, laundry service and even $500 in fines for smoking in a smoke-free hotel.
Last month, four of the seven members of the Ferguson-Florissant School District board went to San Francisco for the National School Boards Association conference. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch obtained public records detailing the hotel charges for the trip that cost the district nearly $13,000.
The trip came days after three incumbents were ousted by voters angered over a costly benefits package offered to superintendent Jeff Spiegel.
The board president told the newspaper that because members are not paid, he sees trips as a perk of sorts, as well as a valuable source of information.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com
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