- Associated Press - Friday, August 8, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board has voted to freeze all board member spending on out-of-district travel between now and Dec. 31, when the current board’s term expires.

The board on Thursday also shifted salary levels approved in May. That included adjusting salaries for bus drivers and paying more in stipends to some veteran teachers rated effective but who lack a master’s degree.

An Advocate review (http://bit.ly/1ycJifa) in November 2010 found that spending on travel by East Baton Rouge Parish School Board members had consistently grown in the previous years, reaching almost $62,000 during the 2009-10 fiscal year.

Starting in March 2011, three months after the current board took office, the board has ratcheted back spending.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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