Will the Superintendent Travel 12,973 Local Miles This Year?

If not, once again, the Huntsville City Schools have paid money for nothing.

Did ex-Superintendent Ann Roy Moore travel 1455 local miles in June?

If not, once again, the Huntsville City Schools have paid money for nothing.

Allow me to explain.

Fact: in June 2011 Moore was paid $800 for local travel, just as she was every other month this calendar year through June. At least she was not cut an $800 check for local travel after she started being a stay-at-home employee in July (I suppose I should be impressed.).

Fact: The State of Alabama mileage allowance for State employees in June was .51 per mile (July to December 2011 is .55.5 per mile).

Fact: $800/.51= 1568. That means Moore was paid for driving 1568 miles.

Fact: There were 22 work days in June, and most schools were closed. 1568 miles/22 days = 71 miles per day.

Conclusion: Unless Moore drove1568 local miles in 22 days, or averaged 71 miles a workday on Huntsville’s roads, once again, the Huntsville City Schools have paid money for nothing.

How likely is it that she drove these 1568 miles? Not very, especially considering that for part of June she wasn’t even in Huntsville. How do I know this? Easy: she also was cut a check for $1493.17 for in-state travel.

I’m not an accountant, but I think it improbable that had she been required to submit a mileage report, she could have claimed to have traveled 61 local miles on the same dates for which she submitted in-state travel  reimbursements claims. But she didn’t have to, since she got the $800 a month whether she traveled .1,1,10,100. or a 1000 local miles a day.

I’m not even going to bother speculating on how stupid it is to pay a superintendent who is lamer than a dead duck $1493.17 for in-state travel during her last days of office. She and Jennie Robinson must have stayed in some fancy places and eaten some gourmet meals that month. Robinson was cut a check for $1034.52 in-state travel in June.

Suffice it to say in-state = Alabama. It takes real effort for one individual to spend that kind of money on herself here.

Well, that’s in the past, you say. True, and I suppose I should be tickled pink that Superintendent Wardynski is getting paid only $600 a month for local travel — at least, $600 is what he got in July, but his first day was July 5, so that $600 was only for 19 workdays. Perhaps when the August check register appears, it will be higher. Who can guess?  

Let’s run the numbers. $600/.55.5=1081.

So if he were being reimbursed at .55.5 per mile, like other Alabama state employees, and if he drove 1081 miles, then he would be entitled to a $600 reimbursement. Did he average 57 miles a day during July? If he drove over 1081 miles in his first month on the job, Huntsville taxpayers came out ahead.

But if he drove 1080 miles, then, once again, the Huntsville City Schools have paid your tax dollars for nothing.

Yes, it is a pain to have to keep mileage logs instead of just getting a flat rate monthly supplement. But these are austere times, remember? And the Superintendent does have not one but two secretaries to help with his claim reports.

Times of austerity require such sacrifices of convenience. The students at the bus stop at 6 am in tomorrow’s rain can tell you about sacrificing  convenience to save money. So can the one who have to share textbooks.

Really, this is getting so very tiresome.


3 thoughts on “Will the Superintendent Travel 12,973 Local Miles This Year?

  1. Well, Wardynski now and Moore before him have simply accepted their monthly flat rate travel checks, so they have just taken what contractually they’ve been allocated. They are legally in the clear. Ethically, morally — when did that matter?
    The problem is that the School Board authorized this. Why? Five heads without a single thought. I imagine that if asked they’d say, but that is how local travel has always been paid to supes. Thus it must be right.
    Of course, Wardynski and Moore could have kept their own logs and paid back that portion of their monthly travel allowance they didn’t use. Could have, should have — yea, right.

  2. What do you want to bet if this were about a Councilman getting 40 dollars worth of gas for his daughter in the after math of a natural disaster or a school principal falsifying documents, or a high school football coach being arrested for drunken driving on campus this would be all over the news? Speaking of the fired Grissom High School football coach, check this out about the interim football coach;
    Football coach resigns after five seasons at helm

    Madison Academy became the fourth metro area school that is searching for a new football coach when Matt Clouser offered his resignation Friday after five seasons.
    The Mustangs join Grissom, Bob Jones and Westminster in seeking a new coach.
    “We’ll start the search immediately,” Madison Academy president Bob Burton said. “We’d like to have someone in place to go through spring practice.”
    Burton said logistics was a key issue in Clouser’s resignation. Clouser operates his own business, is not employed by the school as a teacher and couldn’t get to the school until late afternoon.

    Hmmmm. I wonder if they got that little issue worked out? See, this is why teacher tenure and due process is important, so employees can’t be fired because someone in the community reports them being drunk on campus and replaced with cronies.


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