FAIRFIELD — Technology provides better ways to share information than the travel and conferences costing the Fairfield-Suisun School District more than $500,000 a year, the president of the Central Solano Citizen-Taxpayer Group told the school board Thursday.
“Put this on a video or a DVD,” John Takeuchi said. “You can reach a lot of people.”
He said the $616,596 the school district spent last fiscal year on travel and conferences could pay for a lot of teachers and school supplies.
“Find a better way,” Takeuchi said of providing information from conferences.
He said the taxpayers group has not taken a position yet about a possible parcel tax the Fairfield-Suisun district may put on the November ballot. But he said the school district’s travel budget will be discussed if voters are asked to approve a tax.
Takeuchi spoke before trustees approved, without comment, sending 25 teachers and administrators to Seattle for a two-day conference at the Tulalip Resort Casino at a total cost of $30,000. The event is the No Excuses University, described as a network of schools that promotes career and college readiness for all students.
Trustees also approved separate travel to Atlanta, Orlando and the Oregon Institute of Technology.
Fairfield-Suisun School District officials have said the travel involves professional development that “is the anchor of public education.”
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