Published: Apr 17, 2013 6:26 PM EDT
Updated: Apr 17, 2013 6:55 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The Lee County School Board voted 3-2 to approve about half a million dollars for travel and training for a program called Professional Learning Communities.

The board approved about $400,000 for the training program last month, and another $100,000 for hotels and other expenses at Tuesday's meeting.

But some board members feel they didn't have enough time to fully explore the program, and believe it is a lot of money to spend at a time when budgets are tight.

Federal grant money earmarked for teacher training will pay for the 3 day course in Orlando in July.

But according to the company's website, Solution Tree offers the program as a hybrid course, meaning they can live stream it to the district here at home. That would have saved at least $100,000 in travel costs. When asked about that option, the school district told WINK News, "there is a difference in online courses vs. face to face...Lee is not ready."

The training works with teachers, principals, and others in helping to improve their schools and help students learn at the highest level.

Board members Cathleen Morgan and Jeanne Dozier voted against it.