Here are just a few examples of pricey trips taken by North Kansas City personnel, which were listed on a school travel document obtained by EAGnews.org through an open records request.
There were three transactions for $1,135.27 apiece. There were six for $315.81 apiece. There were two for $864.84 apiece and two for $819.46. There were single transactions for $1,413.87, $1,180.65, $866.42 and $631.62.
The total tab for those “11 rooms” was $12,761.83.
On July 7, 2016, the district spent $13,460.05 for 20 rooms at the Marriott San Antonio River for the AVID Summer Institute.
On March 24-27, 2017, nine school officials attended the National School Board Association Conference in Denver. There were eight transactions $649.44 apiece and another for $432.96. That brought the total hotel tab for the trip to $5,628.48.
Registration fees for the NASB conference cost the district $7,400. That increased the tab to $13,028.48.
In March 2017, there were 12 transactions at the Palacio Del Rio Hilton in San Antonio for employees attending the NCTM Conference, totaling $5,006.70.
There were another six transactions at the Marriott San Antonio River – four for $858.11 apiece and two for $858.12 apiece – for the NCTM event. That totaled $5,148.68.
The school district spent $520 for dinner for a group of employees at an establishment called “21 at the Frederick” in Huntington, West Virginia on Oct. 8, 2016.
The district had nine transactions listed for $721.90 apiece for “North Carolina school visits” between March 8-10, 2017. That totaled $6,497.10.
On Sept. 28-29, 2016, there were six transactions for “lodging at the MSBA” for a total of $2,597.11.
On Feb. 20, 2017, there was a single transaction listed as “hotel for ASBO Conference for Matt Fritz” for $1,127.98. There was another listed as “hotel for ASBO Conference for Paul Harrell” for $1,125.48.
On Aug. 26, 2016, there was a transaction listed as “hotel for Rick Gentry to attend the NIGP Forum” for $1,401.10.
On Sept. 26-27, there were three transactions at the Marriott Phoenix Tempe for $688.41, $885.16 and $971.52, respectively, for an event referred to on documents as the “ASBO in Phoenix.” That totaled $2,525.09.
On Oct. 21, 2016, there were three transactions for $625.83 apiece at Courtyard by Marriott for employees attending the JAMF Conference. That totaled $1,877.49.
On Aug. 22, 2016, there were six transactions for airline tickets for employees going to a conference in Huntington, West Virginia. Four tickets cost $560.70 apiece and two cost $580.70 apiece. That totaled $3,404.20.
How much knowledge did school personnel gain from those and many other trips? How much of that knowledge directly benefited students?
Is there a way for district officials to accurately answer that question, so taxpayers can decide for themselves whether the investment was worth the outcome?