Two Jefferson Parish School Board members are in hot water after it was discovered they spent taxpayers' money on hotel stays and parking in New Orleans on multiple occasions despite living in nearby Gretna and Kenner, according to a WWL-TV report.
Ricky Johnson and Cedric Floyd racked up more than $1,600 in hotel room bills and valet parking while staying in New Orleans for an education conference in September.
The report shows Johnson stayed at the Roosevelt Hotel for three nights at a cost of $215 a night. Floyd went to the same conference with Johnson and booked a separate room.
Jefferson Parish School Superintended Isaac Joseph also attended the conference, but drove in each day from his home in Gretna -- only racking up parking charges of $20 a day.
The Jefferson Parish School Board has a policy governing travel expenses, which President Mark Morgan said Johnson and Floyd violated. That policy limits travel expenses to trips outside of a 30-mile radius of an official's home.
"It's extremely disappointing," Morgan said. "especially because Mr. Floyd champions himself as an expert on board policy and state law. And this is a clear, clear violation of both, where he's personally gaining at taxpayer expense."
Johnson and Floyd defended their stay at the Roosevelt, with Johnson claiming the stay was the only way to get away from his church duties as a minister and concentrate on the conference. Floyd said he stayed at the hotel because the schedule was packed and he didn't want to be delayed by traffic.
Read WWL-TV's full report here.