School board members travel to San Diego - WRBL

School board members travel to San Diego

Posted: Updated:
COLUMBUS, Ga. -

Muscogee County School Board members are spending the weekend in San Diego to attend a conference in the wake of financial woes.

Six school board members traveled to the California sunshine for the National School Boards Association conference.

Yesterday Senator Josh McKoon blasted the board for what he called a poor spending choice, saying the board was taking a "vacation" with taxpayer dollars. 

Cathy Williams and Shannon Smallman decided not to go on the trip despite the board spending $895 for their registration fees. Smallman says while conferences are good learning opportunities, now is not the time to be using excess taxpayer dollars.

"I ran on a campaign saying I didn't think it was prudent right now to go out and spend money that we didn't need to spend," says Smallman, "and this was just one of those for me that, as much as I would like to do it, right now it's just not the right thing for me to do."

She adds that the San Diego conference does not count towards the members' mandatory training hours. "For me, we have some other opportunities coming up, and I'd rather take those that count towards the hours I need to be a school board member. This one doesn't and I personally didn't feel the need. But I can understand wanting to go. They are inspiring; there's a lot to learn."

The school board was recently asked to fire sixty two custodians from county middle and high schools and outsource the rest to save money.

Smallman says the board is paying for the traveling members' airfare, hotel stay, and other conference fees. John Wells told News 3 he was paying his own way to San Diego.

Representatives from the school district have confirmed the use of Professional Learning funds to pay for the conference. They say the Georgia School Board Association encourages members to attend the annual event.

Jessi Mitchell

Jessi joined the WRBL news team in October 2012 after working as a freelance production assistant for MTV Networks in Los Angeles.
More>>

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Video of deadly Columbus gas station shootout

    Video of deadly Columbus gas station shootout

    Friday, August 22 2014 12:14 PM EDT2014-08-22 16:14:23 GMT
    News 3 has obtained surveillance video showing the deadly shootout at a south Columbus gas station a few weeks ago.Police say on July 31st, Chandler Saxton, 35, fired several shots at John Jones, 31, at the Big Cat Gas Station on Buena Vista Road. The video captures the entire incident, from the initial shooting - to the victim returning fire.In court testimony, police say the shooting stemmed from an argument over a woman. Authoritie...
    News 3 has obtained surveillance video showing the deadly shootout at a south Columbus gas station a few weeks ago.Police say on July 31st, Chandler Saxton, 35, fired several shots at John Jones, 31, at the Big Cat Gas Station on Buena Vista Road. The video captures the entire incident, from the initial shooting - to the victim returning fire.In court testimony, police say the shooting stemmed from an argument over a woman. Authoritie...
  • UPDATE: Coroner rules deaths of Columbus mother, baby a homicide

    UPDATE: Coroner rules deaths of Columbus mother, baby a homicide

    Friday, August 22 2014 7:28 PM EDT2014-08-22 23:28:15 GMT
    Coroner Buddy Bryan tells News 3 that they are now calling the fire that claimed the life of a Columbus mother and her infant a homicide.As news 3 reported --the bodies of 32-year-old Rosella Mitchell and her 6-month-old boy Dylan Conner- were found in a back bedroom of their Winifred Lane home after a fire around midnight Thursday.Detectives previously told News 3 they were collecting and analyzing evidence from the scene to determine whether accelerants may have been used to start the fire....
    Coroner Buddy Bryan tells News 3 that they are now calling the fire that claimed the life of a Columbus mother and her infant a homicide.As news 3 reported --the bodies of 32-year-old Rosella Mitchell and her 6-month-old boy Dylan Conner- were found in a back bedroom of their Winifred Lane home after a fire around midnight Thursday.Detectives previously told News 3 they were collecting and analyzing evidence from the scene to determine whether accelerants may have been used to start the fire....
  • Chattahoochee Valley “Purge” is an urban legend, police say

    Chattahoochee Valley “Purge” is an urban legend, police say

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 2:28 PM EDT2014-08-20 18:28:17 GMT
    Several police departments across the Chattahoochee Valley are reassuring concerned citizens that there will be no real-life "purge" after a social media campaign spread across Facebook on Tuesday.
    Several police departments across the Chattahoochee Valley are reassuring concerned citizens that there will be no real-life "purge" after a social media campaign spread across Facebook on Tuesday.
Powered by WorldNow

1350 13th Avenue
Columbus, GA 31901

Telephone: 706.323.3333
Fax: 706.327.6655
Email: news@wrbl.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.