Portage schools reviewing conference policies

2013-03-09T19:57:00Z 2013-03-09T23:45:02Z Portage schools reviewing conference policiesJoyce Russell joyce.russell@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222 nwitimes.com

PORTAGE | Portage Township Schools are reviewing two policies regarding conferences and per diem expenses.

Superintendent E. Ric Frataccia told the School Board last week he believes the board should review the policy regarding who can attend out-of-state conferences.

Presently the policy allows all board members to attend conferences, such as the National School Boards Association conference, which is usually held either on the East or West Coast.

Frataccia suggested a rotation be set up for out-of-state conferences, allowing only two board members to go one year and three board members to go the next. Conferences in Chicago would be excluded because of the close proximity.

No board members attended the NSBA conference last year, but several have expressed interest to attend next month's conference in San Diego.

The board initially adopted per diem policies for board and administration members in 2010 after an approximate yearlong debate on reigning in expenses related to such trips.

The board will consider that change at its regular March 18 meeting as well as a proposed change to per diem expenses.

Present policy allows reimbursement for hotel rooms at government rates. However, not all hotels offer government rates or only do so for a portion of a conference or convention.

If a government rate isn't secured, said Frataccia, conference attendees have to pay the difference out of their pockets.

Board President Cheryl Oprisko said she would agree with language that would require getting accommodations at government rates unless none were available.

Members or staff attending a conference would have to show proof that a government rate was not available.




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