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Trustees' expenses climbed last year

School District 43 trustees spent a total of $18,226 in expenses last year, according to the latest statement of financial information for the 2011/2012 school year.

School District 43 trustees spent a total of $18,226 in expenses last year, according to the latest statement of financial information for the 2011/2012 school year.

The expenditure, most of which is typically spent on conferences and travel, was nearly triple the $6,156 spent the previous fiscal year from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011.

Gail Alty, who ran for office and was reelected in 2011 even though she now lives out of the district, was the top spender at $3,463.

Gerri Wallis, was second, with expenses totaling $3,413. The other trustees spent as follows: Holly Butterfield, $3,047, John Keryluk, $2,159, Judy Shirra, $1,836, Brian Robinson at $1,500, Keith Watkins, $1,344, Melissa Hyndes, $913, and Diane Sowden $549.

Trustee indemnities were also higher this past year, compared to the year previous. For 2011/2012 school year trustees received $32,102, with board chair Melissa Hyndes getting $35,187 and vice-chair Judy Shirra receiving $33,645. In 2010, trustees voted them selves a 9% raise, the first in six years.

dstrandberg@tricitynews.com