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BISD Booster Clubs meet to discuss financial questions

A group of booster club representatives from all three Beaumont high schools met with Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools, Patricia Lambert, Monday.

The meeting comes after a 12News Special Investigative report that highlighted concerns of some Central High School booster parents regarding where the concession stand money has been going. They claim their booster club was disbanded by Lambert when Lambert took over as Central's principal.

On Monday, Ronald Kelley, Central's agriculture teacher who represents the school's booster club, ignored our questions and walked away.

12News did speak to representatives from Ozen and West Brook.

"Everybody was discussing what each booster club does on their campus," said Raquel West, Ozen High School Booster Club, when asked what was said inside the meeting.

Former Central boosters say their high school is the only one that doesn't have a club headed by parents. They also claim both Ozen and West Brook boosters pay a percentage of concession sales to the district and that Central does not.

"I asked them how do you pay your ten percent? Ozen was very firm and understandable on how they pay theirs, like we do. Central never made a comment," said West Brook Football Booster Club President, Bo Kelley.

Kelley says his club members are just asking for a fair playing field.

"The parents that are doing all my volunteering and are working are calling me and asking wait a minute, if we're paying 10 percent and Central's not, why do we have to pay," he said.

Our cameras weren't allowed inside the administration building for Monday's meeting. But, Kelley says Patricia Lambert made it clear she has no ties to Central's booster club.

"They say they do have an accountant. Ms. Lambert said she is not part of the booster club at all," he said.

12News has reached out to Central High officials and district administrators several times asking them for financial information concerning the Central booster club. We have yet to receive a response.

 

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