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Football: Chad Barrett resigns at Bonney Lake High, must pay restitution

Post by Doug Pacey / The News Tribune on April 4, 2012 at 6:15 pm with 7 Comments »
April 5, 2012 9:59 am

Chad Barrett is no longer football coach at Bonney Lake High.

The third-year coach resigned from his coaching and teaching position Wednesday evening after a Sumner School District investigation found him responsible for as much as $20,000 missing from the high school’s ASB bank account.

Under terms of the mutually-agreed-upon resignation, Barrett must pay restitution to the school district. The amount has not been determined, said Ann Cook, district communications director.

According to the district, an internal audit discovered $16,000-$20,000 unaccounted for. The monies are related to ASB fundraisers that included football players writing letters soliciting donations from local businesses and selling “Elite Fundraising Cards” that offer discounts at local merchants to those who purchase the cards, which sell for $20 a piece.

The district does not know exactly how much money is missing because the unsold discount cards are also unaccounted for. The district’s total is an estimate based off monies raised the previous two years. These fundraisers generated about $17,000 in each of the previous two years, Cook said.

According to the district, the ASB received approximately $320 from the discount card fundraiser.

Cook said the district has also alerted the state auditor’s office to the situation.

Barrett declined to get into specifics, but accepted responsibility for the missing funds.

“The money that was lost or stolen, I am responsible for,” Barrett said. “Being the head coach, I am responsible for all things that happen within the football program.”

Barrett insisted he would not do anything to hurt the players in the program.

“I did everything for those kids,” he said. “I’d never take anything away from the kids.”

The district put Barrett, who also was a physical education and health teach, on paid administrative leave on Feb. 29 when it began its investigation. Barrett requested, and was granted, medical leave, which began Feb. 9.

Barrett revived the Panthers football program when he took over in 2009, guiding the Panthers to the playoffs in his first two seasons. In three seasons, Barrett compiled a record of 19-10. Under his watch, Bonney Lake players set multiple league records and garnered league MVP and all-state honors.

In December, he became the third Washington coach to coach in the prestigious U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.

The district has already begun searching for a new football coach. District administrators met with players and parents Wednesday evening.

Cook said no other coaches were involved.

The district asks if you made a donation to the Bonney Lake football progam during the 2011-12 school year to contact Debbie Campbell at (253) 891-6010 to verify the status of your donation.

Leave a comment Comments → 7
  1. Hefeweisen says:

    The guy is not only a crook but also an idiot – talk about messing up a good thing.

  2. Society teaches student, coaches, management and the fans it all about the money. Why does it coast more money to watch a nationally televised football game a Husky stadium than a regular game? Why do professional atheletes hold out for more money? Why do teams college, high school and professional jack up admission prices?
    Bonney Lake is a podunk town that wants to be recognized. Voila Football and sports. If the High school had the lowest dropout and highest graduation rate in the state would people recognize Bonney Lake, maybe. Have a state champion everybody knows. When you walk into the High school you see athelitc awards.

    We need to step back and consider what is important. The first thing (1st) when you enter a high school are the awards for acedemic execellence. That is real reform. Because you are likely not to find them. How about a plack that states Drop Out rate, Graduation Rate and % that go to college that graduate. Then a secondary plack for sport,because they are important, To play sport what is the minimum grade point average, drop-out rate, graduation rate, and overall GPA for each sport.

    Society and schools don’t actually care because it is about the money major sport bring to the table and the notoriety success spawns.

  3. tree_guy says:

    Yawn, another non-profit with an embezzling treasurer. Are these stories even newsworthy any longer?

  4. shawdawg says:

    I guarantee the students in that “podunk” town receive a better education than Powr1.

  5. blhsbaritone4 says:

    As a student who is attending the school right now I find that while Barret may have made poor choices, he was a exceptional coach. And pow1, one, your grammar is atrocious, read a book. Two, we have several state champs in school for wrestling, and for throwing events in track, and our football team has done exceptionally over the last few years, and our band is quickly becoming a powerful program. Go to the daffodil parade and see us. Three, our school has a extensive AP program and has a (last I checked/heard) below average droput rate. Your nerve to be so insulting and to go as far as calling us podunk, is frankly saddening.
    Cordially,
    Mr. “Podunk” sophmore student.

  6. blhsbaritone4 says:

    And thank you shawdawg. Its a comfort to see people stick up for us.

  7. whitecap says:

    The Sumner School District should release more information. There are many questions they haven’t answered and that causes people to speculate and that’s not good.

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