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 through an open records request.

On Oct. 27, 2016, there 17 transactions at the Sheraton Grand Chicago for “11 rooms” for school personnel attending the College Board Forum 2016 Conference.

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?