Volunteer accused of taking money meant for Fort Zumwalt East HS grads

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on September 13, 2013 at 10:41 PM

 (KMOV) –  Fort Zumwalt East High School students and their parents raised thousands for a graduation party but the money disappeared before they could use it.

More than $6,000 meant to support party set up to celebrate the graduating senior class and their accomplishments. It’s about one-third of the cost to pay for the night of fun for the seniors.

“That’s horrible. I think it’s disgusting,” said William Shanks, a parent at Fort Zumwalt East.

Police say the money was taken in 2012 and it wasn’t reported until this year. The booster club president said they didn’t have the funds for enough food at this year’s grad party and the gift cards given out as prizes were not activated.

Donna Howarth said, “It’s a shame, most of the parents I’ve dealt with, we’ve never had that problem, so it’s a shame.”

Fort Zumwalt Superintendent, Dr. Bernard Dubray said the money was taken by a fundraiser. “It's pretty despicable for someone to take the money through their position as a volunteer.”

He said the district does performance background checks on parents who volunteer and there is some oversight.

When asked if the district would become more hands on with this money, Dr. Dubray said, “I think certainly it's a wakeup call that you need to step up any oversight that you do.”

The booster club president said it will take several new fundraisers to make up for the $6,100 that is gone.

Although charges have not been filed, parents want justice. “And I think they should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Shanks said.  

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