A treasurer for the football booster club stole almost $20,000 from the booster club’s bank account, and it has raised questions on how it might affect other booster clubs.
“We are truly blessed to have so many parents support our programs,” Cheerleader coach Kathy Dailey said. “It would be unfortunate for this one action to reflect on our other organizations.”
The possibility of parents pulling out of helping the organizations at the school puts many other booster clubs at risk.
“It’s really difficult to provide what the band needs and what their kids need like food and buses when parents do nothing,” Band Booster Club president Jocelyn Murphy said. “A lot of work has to be done to make it successful.”
Many programs at Lamar rely on community or business support and fundraising, and the students often take part in the fundraising process.
“It’s an unfortunate situation, especially for the players and the football organization,” senior Defensive End Bobby Brown said. “We did all those punishments for not raising enough money.”
The district can not do anything to mediate the situation. According to Leslie Johnston, AISD Director of Communications, the booster club is a “completely separate entity from the school and the Arlington ISD.”