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FERRIS ISD: School board approves district fast food spending

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FERRIS – More than $1,400 was spent at Whataburger, McDonalds and Milano’s Pizza for the athletic department this past January according to school finance reports.

During the Tuesday, Feb.22 Ferris Independent School District board meeting, the month of January expenditures, including two visits to Wal-Mart at more than $1,800 each for “markers and crayons” and the fast food meals, were unanimously approved.

During a hard economic time when state budget shortfalls will be lowering school money, FISD has issued a freeze on hiring or re-hiring of any new teachers.

“Anyone looking for a job needs to go through me,” said Superintendent Mike Bodine.

According to Bodine, several years ago the school board approved an item where if the athletic teams are 45 minutes or more away, they can purchase food for $6 a student.

“If they [sports teams] are in larger cities, it’s harder to find something cheap so, they can spend up to $10 a kid if needed,” said Bodine.

The FISD has been purchasing athletes meals since at least 1994 according to sources.

“Our teachers have a credit card to get things at Wal-Mart for their classrooms like markers and crayons,” said Bodine.

Bodine said the supplies are cheaper at Wal-Mart than going to Staples for office supplies. A check for $1,328.99 was also listed on the January finance report with the included explanation of curriculum /office supplies.

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