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TEA asks UIL to investigate Beaumont I.S.D.'s booster club operating procedures

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12News has obtained a letter written by the Special Investigations Director at the Texas Education Agency Emi Johnson to the University Interscholastic League regarding a complaint filed by a Beaumont I.S.D. booster club.

The letter reads:

Dear Dr. Breithaupt:

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has received the enclosed complaint involving a Booster

Club at the Beaumont Independent School District (BISD). TEA has determined that the issues

raised are not within our jurisdiction to investigate; therefore, we are referring the complaint to your office for proper review and any actions deemed necessary.

Please note, TEA has redacted confidential information in accordance with the FamilyEducational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 and the Texas Public Information Act.

The complainant has been informed to contact your office directly to provide additional information. By copy of this letter, the BISD is informed of our referral to your agency.

12News has also obtained an email sent by Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Schools, Patricia Lambert, asking the three booster presidents of the three BISD high schools to meet with her.

In an investigative report 12News aired earlier in November, two former Central High booster club members claimed the school had a thriving parent-led booster club until Lambert took over as principal of Central and disbanded it.

The parents say since then no one knows where money generated by concessions sales at Central games is going.

Also the booster clubs at West Brook and Ozen remain under parent control, and those parents volunteer to man the concession stands at games as a fundraiser.

However, sources tell 12News Central's concessions are under the management of the school agriculture teacher Ronald Kelley, and that Central staff is paid to work the concession stands.

Ronald Kelley has been invited to Monday's meeting as Central booster representative.

Another concern the former Central boosters had is they claim Central is not paying the ten percent of the revenue made in a season to the Thomas Center as West Brook and Ozen are doing.

In fact, West Brook booster club president Bo Kelley says some of his booster club members are urging him not to make payment if Central is not, but Kelley says there is a contract with the Thomas Center that should be reviewed.

The meeting is scheduled for Monday at 9:30 a.m.

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