November 28, 2012
Real Housewives Real School Employees of Buffalo
Taxpayers pick up tab for plastic surgeries, five-star hotels and limousinesI bet this school district has a looooong waiting list of people looking for these 'perks', or, spreading the wealth around.
By Steve Gunn and Ashleigh Costello
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Just call them the “Real School Employees of Buffalo.”
Like the rich folks in the famous television show with a similar name, employees of Buffalo public schools routinely spend a great deal of money on extravagant things like plastic surgery, airline travel, expensive hotels and limousines.
The only difference is that the wealthy people in “Real Housewives” are spending their own money. In Buffalo they’re throwing around taxpayer dollars.
EAGnews recently completed an inspection of credit card records and the check registry for the Buffalo City School District in 2011. We also filed a freedom of information request to measure the latest cost of the district’s infamous employee cosmetic surgery program.
The dollar figures we found were breathtaking, and not in a good way.
The amount spent on cosmetic surgery for teachers came to $2.7 million. The total cost for hotels, airline tickets, limousines and the like came to $196,986. You read it correctly. A struggling public school district with a budget deficit of nearly $50 million spent almost $3 million in one year on plastic surgery and travel. District officials declined an invitation to explain these expenses before publication of this story.
One local media outlet, WGRZ-TV (NBC 2), already picked up this story and ran a report last night.
We don’t suppose the taxpayers of Buffalo will be too amused the next time they are asked to approve a tax increase for general operations. School officials have already demonstrated they can’t handle large sums of money in any sort of responsible fashion. Who in their right mind would give them any more to waste?