Mamie Till Mobley

"There was an important mission for me, to shape so many...young minds as a teacher. God took away one child but...(gave) me thousands. And I have been grateful for the blessing." Mamie Till Mobley

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Want to eat at the school board buffet, at a school meeting or travel to your favorite conference? interim superintendent Amber Dixon cutting costs

Amber Dixon, the new interim superintendent is  keeping a tight rein on travel to conferences, meals at staff meetings and central office administrators treating themselves to the buffet served to School Board members at Wednesday night meetings Buffalo News education blogger Mary Pasciak reported on Sunday.
Yet, some folks wonder if it's up to the superintendent of schools or the prerogative of the individual School Board members to decide who eats at the buffet. Amber Dixon, interim Superintendent of Buffalo Schools disapproves of the practice of central office administrators partaking in the feast in between the meetings on Wednesdays. So she said, “I’m asking staff not to eat in the boardroom on meeting nights.”
"Taxpayers spend $200 to $300 in a typical week for the meal itself, plus about $100 a week more in drinks and snacks for the boardroom..." wrote the Buffalo News.
And  Dixon is curtailing the conferences and out of town travel  of administrators and staff that had increased during the tenure of  previous Superintendent James A. Williams.  For example the Buffalo News cited that last year in June the former Deputy Superintendent Oladele Folasade and entourage rake up a bill of over $15,000 to attend leadership training at Harvard University, while previously this year in January about 24 administrators and other district staff flew to a conference in San Antonio Texas that cost over $11,000 just for the flight alone.

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