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Beaumont ISD superintendent considers centralizing booster clubs

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In recent weeks, 12News has told you that the federal investigation into the Beaumont Independent School District's finances could expand to include questions about booster club activities, specifically Central Medical Magnet High School's booster club.

Concerns in that area have gained the attention of superintendent Timothy Chargois, Ed.D.

Chargois offered each reporter a two minute interview with him at Thursday night's board meeting.  It was a bit like a lightening round of questions.

One of the questions 12News asked was about the booster club controversy.

The controversy stems from an investigative report 12News first did in November.  We spoke to former Central booster club parents who told us their booster club was disbanded by then-principal Patricia Lambert and taken over by the school.

West Brook's and Ozen's booster clubs are still run by volunteer parents.  Central parents say since the school took over the booster club, there's been no accountability of where the money Central is making through concession sales is going.

Concession sales typically serve as booster club fundraisers.

Sources tell us there is concern that Central staff members working concessions are getting paid with tutorial money and not doing tutorials at all.

Dr. Chargois told me he would not tolerate people doing inappropriate things, and he's looking into the booster club concerns.

Chargois said, "I am reviewing a process for how we handle and manage our booster clubs, and one of the things we're considering is possibly centralizing the boosters and how these things operate."

We've requested specific documentation that would shed light on the allegations being made about the Central high booster club, but the district has only released receipts of money the three high school booster clubs have had to pay for Pepsi products that are sold at the concession stands.

Chargois also told us that the University Interscholastic League, or UIL, which oversees booster clubs leaves it up to individual campuses to determine how booster clubs will be managed.

The UIL itself is also looking into the allegations about Central's booster club.

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