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PCSSD expenses revealed in flyer

Imagine writing checks totaling nearly $1.3 million. That's how much the Pulaski County Special School District spent over the past three-and-a-half years on everything from food to trips.
Imagine writing checks totaling nearly $1.3 million.  That's how much the Pulaski County Special School District spent over the past three-and-a-half years on everything from food to trips.

A flyer and contract talks with teachers put a spotlight on how the district is spending your tax dollars.

The Pulaski Association of Classroom Teachers passed a flyer out to PCSSD staff members as it negotiates a new contract.  It's a sampling of expenses going back to 2005.  "I believe there are parts that are completely inappropriate and are a waste of the taxpayers' money," says PCSSD board member Charlie Wood.

A 48 page check register has several entries with blank description columns.  So what's the district spending your money on?  A big chunk of change feeds school board members at meetings.

In twenty months from August 2007 until March of this year, the district spent more than $2,834 at Apple Spice Junction.

This school year, Wood came up with new district policies putting limits on spending.  "I think it's a very good thing that people are investigating this and trying to make sure that every penny spent was spent for a good purpose," he says.

The district no longer pays for computers or blackberries for board members, and they're limited to two trips a year.  Wood doesn't have a problem with board members travelling out of state.  "I heard Bill Clinton speak about education at one and that was valuable.  You just need to be reasonable.  You need to keep things within bounds.  You don't need to abuse the system," says Wood.

"Because this expense policy was created, I think that will better allow us to spend the money more wisely.  Something for the kids," says PCSSD board president Tim Clark.

Union reps tell FOX16 they can't comment about any of this until contract negotiations wrap up.  They hope that happens before the school year starts.

FOX16 has a Freedom of Information request into the district to find out what some of the unknown expenses are.  Kelly Dudzik talked to the district's spokesperson Thursday and was told she should hear back Friday.

FOX16 also talked with board member Mildred Tatum on the phone Thursday.  She's been on the board a long time and her name shows up a lot on the check register.

She says she normally goes to three conventions a year, and she's just trying to help kids in the classroom and bring back information to be a better board member.
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