CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- The Chambersburg Area School District paid about $30,000 to send 19 administrators and teachers to Walt Disney World for a three-day conference in July, money that came from a state grant, according to figures supplied by the district Wednesday.
The figure included $10,000 to register district personnel for the Model Schools Conference; $9,274.68 for lodging; $2,651.09 in reimbursements for meals; $2,185.55 in reimbursements to teachers who drove themselves to the conference; and airfare for those who flew to Florida, according to a summary of the expenses.
"It's all paid for out of the grant. Project 720," said Sylvia Rockwood, the district's director of information services. The district provided figures Friday for the lodging, but a summary of the rest of trip's expenses was not available then.
Project 720 is a state grant program for secondary school improvement that includes funds that must be spent on professional development, district officials said last week. The conference in Florida was one recommended by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Superintendent Joseph Padasak said.