On several occasions The Voice has publicized the heavy expenses incurred by school district superintendents who attend the annual taxpayer-subsidized South Carolina School Boards Association junket in Myrtle Beach.
Already, SCASA has begun encouraging members to register for the 2009 Summer Leadership Conference.
In theory, “SCASA Summer Conferences” may be a wonderful opportunity for district employees to gather and share best practices, but in reality it is a weekend of wining and dining in luxury accommodations, with the taxpayers back home picking up the bill.
At the best of economic times, taxpayers should question whether this is a legitimate use of state education resources, but in the current economic climate there is absolutely no justification for superintendents to participate in this costly, non-essential activity.
If SCASA were truly concerned with supporting classroom instruction, they would urge superintendents to limit spending on travel and accommodations by coming up with a less costly means to aid district administrators in their work.
With several recent examples of egregious waste and unwise spending fresh in the minds of taxpayers, this is an opportunity for administrators to take a stand for streamlined spending and a focus on classroom instruction. Teachers and parents should contact their local superintendent and encourage them to show their commitment to integrity and fiscal responsibility by forgoing the SCASA summer conference.