The Washington County Board of Education agreed to let one of its members attend an out-of-town conference with the understanding that stricter control of board member expenses is coming.
"I think we need to get a grip on this because we're spending a lot of money," board member Doris J. Nipps said.
Board member Andrew R. Humphreys had planned to attend a Federal Relations Network meeting in Washington, D.C., Jan. 31-Feb. 2.
The purpose of the meeting is to bring together members of Congress with school board members to talk about education.
Board President Edwin Hayes asked board members Tuesday how they felt about the $700 expense.
"Ultimately it's the question, 'Is it going to benefit us?'" Hayes said.
Humphreys said personal contact with lawmakers such as Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, D-Md., has been invaluable.
Sarbanes has told him the letters he writes have more meaning and has helped him keep up on federal education issues, he said.