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Posted: Sunday, November 17, 2013 4:30 am

The Killeen Independent School District reimbursed more than $27,000 to its superintendent and school board members in 2012, according to a new report.

The information was included in the district’s annual Texas Education Agency’s Financial Integrity Rating System report. The report rates school districts on their financial health and practices, and also resources them to report reimbursements paid to superintendents and board members for travel-related expanses such as meals, lodging, fuel and transportation.

This year’s report covered fiscal year 2012, and listed reimbursements for Superintendent Robert Muller, all seven current board members, as well as former board member Ron Rainosek.

According to this year’s report, reimbursements payments to Superintendent Robert Muller and the board for fiscal year 2012 was $4,139 less than fiscal 2011.

Much of the reimbursements stem from the cost of travel, meals and lodging when trustees attend conferences. Both state law and district policy require board members to receive a certain number of training hours to keep them abreast of issues and changes in the field of education.

Board President Shelley Wells said she was happy the amount of reimbursements was down, and praised her fellow board members for continuing their education as trustees by attending the various trainings and conferences.

“They are a well-educated board, and vocal advocates for this district,” said Wells, who was reimbursed $1,237 in fiscal year 2012, according to the FIRST report.

Both Wells and board Vice President Terry Delano said while there was no conscious effort to cut down on the amount of reimbursements in 2012, they and other board members work to be good stewards of taxpayer funds.

“We are very cognizant that this is public money,” said Delano, who was reimbursed $1,019. “We try to watch what we spend.”

Reimbursements paid to Muller were $10,198, according to the report. That amount is down slightly from $10,926 in 2011.

Some of those reimbursements came from Muller traveling to Washington, D.C., as the district representative and talking to lawmakers on issues such as Federal Impact Aid.

In a statement to the Herald, Muller said he traveled to Washington, D.C., three times during the 2012 fiscal year for the Fall National Association of Federally Impacted Schools Conference, the Spring National Association of Federally Impacted Schools Conference and a Federal Relations Outreach.

“At each of these meetings, I seek to meet with the congressmen and senators who represent Killeen ISD as well as their staffers,” Muller said. “Also, at each of these events, I was able to receive the most current information regarding the federal budget ... and Impact Aid funding.”

Well said Muller’s work in Washington is vital to the interests of the district, which stands to lose millions of dollars if Impact Aid is cut or scrapped by lawmakers.

“It’s absolutely critical,” Wells said. “You need the chance to meet with these representatives and make your case.”

Reimbursements for fiscal year 2012

Superintendent Robert Muller

  • Meals- $2,872
  • Lodging- $2,100
  • Transportation- $3,946
  • Motor Fuel- 0
  • Other- $1,280
  • Total- $10,198

Susan Jones

  • Meals- $1,076
  • Lodging- $2,108
  • Transportation- $559
  • Motor Fuel- 0
  • Other- $500
  • Total- $4,243

Ken Ray

  • Meals- $778
  • Lodging- $1,479
  • Transportation- $122
  • Motor Fuel- 0
  • Other- $530
  • Total- $2,909

Ron Rainosek (former board member)

  • Meals- $814
  • Lodging- $1,128
  • Transportation- $433
  • Motor Fuel- 0
  • Other- $500
  • Total- $2,875

Corbett Lawler

  • Meals- $792
  • Lodging- $1,140
  • Transportation- $339
  • Motor Fuel- 0
  • Other- 0
  • Total- $2,271

Minerva Trujillo

  • Meals- $616
  • Lodging- $646
  • Transportation- $330
  • Motor Fuel- 0
  • Other- $30
  • Total- $1,622

Shelley Wells

  • Meals- $650
  • Lodging- $340
  • Transportation- $243
  • Motor Fuel- 0
  • Other- $4
  • Total- $1,237

Terry Delano

  • Meals- $563
  • Lodging- $193
  • Transportation- $263
  • Motor Fuel- 0
  • Other- $0
  • Total- $1,019

Source: Texas Education Agency’s Financial Integrity Rating System report

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1 comment:

  • Pete posted at 2:32 pm on Sun, Nov 17, 2013.

    Pete Posts: 131

    That is expenditure is a mere pittance in comparison to the $300 million plus KISD budget, however, the numbers don't add up.

    Meals & lodging totals are way out of whack with the transportation totals for most of the individuals listed.

    Makes me wonder who their travel agent is or question whether transportation expenses are paid by the district or some other entity. Hmmmm?