The Morning Call of Allentown, Pennsylvania, did its readers a service by checking into the allegations of teacher union president Debbie Tretter about the school district overspending on office furniture.
Tretter claimed district officials spent $350,000 on furnishings while planning to cut $6 million in employee salaries. ”I was outraged, absolutely outraged,” she said. “It was all I could do to keep from crying.”
The newspaper filed a public records request and discovered the bill to replace work stations and filing cabinets used by the district’s secretaries was actually just under $36,000.
Tretter said she had researched office furniture prices on the Internet, which makes you wonder where the union shops for its own filing cabinets.
Tretter also claimed the furniture was installed on a weekend, increasing the cost. But the district said that was done during the work week.
Tretter criticized the district for using school employees to disassemble the old furniture, but the district said that was to avoid outsourcing the job to a private company.
Having been defeated on all fronts, Tretter said, “If it cost a dollar, that was one dollar too much.”