East Aurora paying for School Board member’s home Internet – Chicago Tribune

East Aurora School District 131 has been paying for one board member’s home Internet service for the past four years.

The district has spent more than $2,800 for Richard Leonard’s home Internet service since he joined the board in fall 2011, and has budgeted another $1,200 for the coming school year, according to district documents.

District officials said the Internet service allows Leonard to access board packets, which include documents and records relevant to upcoming School Board meetings. Before the packets were moved online, the district delivered hundreds of printed pages to members before each meeting.

Leonard said he doesn’t “really” use his home Internet for anything other than work related to the School Board and for checking School Board emails on his district-provided account.

But at least one board member questioned the practice, and the deputy director of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform said it sounded “odd” and “irregular.”


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