Saline school board approves $6,690 for state group membership after freezing individual spending
The Saline Board of Education voted in favor of extending its membership to the Michigan Association of School Boards Tuesday night, despite having denied funding for classes to individual trustees earlier this year.
Patti Waltz, executive assistant to the superintendent, said Saline has been a member of the MASB for at least 10 years.
Zimmer was the center of an April 10 discussion and took fire from several trustees for spending $1,015 since January on online training courses to become a MASB-certified board member.
Holden requested more information on trustees’ MASB-related spending, but the information could not be gathered in time. Later, once a five-year analysis of spending was completed, Holden chastised Slawson for presenting partial data to the board that left the impression Zimmer had “excessive expenses, acted in a fiscally irresponsible manner and was setting a precedent,” Holden said in an April 25 email to AnnArbor.com.
“That was for individual board members. This is for the district,” she said prior to the vote. Holden and Zimmer, who were elected in November and took office in January, disagreed with her assessment.