Saturday, February 22, 2014

Superintendent "aware of alleged embezzlement" in Booster Club

The possibility of $17,000 missing from the West Brook Booster Club funds and whether the club's former president had a hand in what might have happened to the money remained a question Monday as booster club members met behind closed doors at the interim president's home.

The interim president, Joey Hilliard, a candidate for Beaumont school trustee in District 7, on Monday had accused now former booster president William "Bo" Kelley Jr. of being responsible for the $17,000 in booster club money that Hilliard said was missing.

Hilliard had said the club treasurer discovered the club's account held just $500. Hilliard said Kelley had told him that he had taken it.

The Enterprise attempted to contact Kelley several times at his cell phone number, at his office telephone number and personally at his home. Kelley did not return the requests for comment despite voice mail messages.

Hilliard put off interview requests, saying he was "in a meeting." He said the booster club meeting Monday was "private" and would take place "at an undisclosed location."

The University Interscholastic League's guidelines are specific about booster clubs and their relationship with the schools they are supposed to serve.

"The superintendent or a designee who does not coach or direct a UIL contest has approval authority over booster clubs and should be invited to all meetings. All meetings should be open to the public," the UIL guidelines state.

Nakisha Myles, Beaumont school district spokeswoman, said Superintendent Timothy Chargois is "aware of alleged embezzlement of funds" and will be "rolling a path forward to protect funds raised for the students of BISD."

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