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February 22, 2014

Blue Belles boosters get clean audit

New procedures recommended as part of review of group’s finances that came after questions raised

By CHRISTIN COYNE

After recently obtaining records that they had sought for months in order to audit the Blue Belles Parent Club books, a Weatherford ISD audit team found that there did not appear to be any significant issues with the group’s financial records.

The auditing report also presented a list of recommendations to improve the BBPC’s financial practices, many of which have already been implemented.

Three Weatherford ISD employees, including Director of Communications Charlotte LaGrone and two administrative assistants, performed an audit of the group’s books following the Texas PTA audit process (though the Blue Belle Parent Club is not an official PTA) after spending time organizing the records provided to them by former treasurer Stephanie Kirwin.

Amy Wilkins, a parent of a Blue Belle who also serves on the Weatherford ISD Council of PTA Officers, said she began asking the BBPC questions a year ago about following bylaws and procedures, as well as about records showing where the BBPC money goes. She eventually spoke with Weatherford ISD Superintendent Jeffrey Hanks and reporters at

two newspapers about her concerns.

“The executive board is done answering the issues of the article and financial concerns from Ms. Wilkins,” Amy Munnell told those attending a BBPC meeting Thursday night, Munnell detaled some of the changes the parent booster club is making regarding financial practices. “We have cooperated with the Weatherford ISD and the district attorney’s office with no findings of any financial concerns. We have improved our practices and will continue to do so as needed.”

The audit by the school district employees was done because of the change in treasurer and to allow the new treasurer to step into a fresh set of books, according to Munnell, who said the audit did not occur in reaction to recent news articles regarding financial practices by the BBPC.

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