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West drill team booster club disbanded because of ongoing conflicts

By ERICA RODRIGUEZ
Sept. 25, 2010 at 4:25 a.m.
Updated Sept. 26, 2010 at 4:26 a.m.

Victoria West High School drill team members form a gauntlet as the football team runs onto the field. The team's instructor, DJ Jaynes, refused to say why the drill team's booster club was disbanded.

Victoria West High School dissolved the booster club of its dance team because of ongoing conflicts.

"I saw no choice but to dissolve the booster organization," West principal Debbie Crick wrote in a Sept. 1 letter to parents.

Crick said nothing illegal was done to spark the decision, but refused to comment when contacted for an interview Friday.

Kim Franklin, a former bookkeeper and treasurer for the group, said it was dissolved because she was asked to pay for Legacy Dance shirts with money that had already been designated to pay for other supplies.

"'We're going to be in the hole,' is what I kept saying," she said.

The club dissolved with about $22,000 in the account.

Francis Koch, executive director of budget and finance for the school district, said about $12,000 from the club was deposited with the district into a drill team account Friday. The account supplements the $9,775 drill teams already receive from the district. The funds can be used for transportation, uniforms or supplies.

The other $10,000 was deposited with The Friends of the Texas Kicking Bull Riding, Franklin said.

DJ Jaynes, drill team instructor, refused to comment about why the club was dissolved, but said it has not affected the team.

"We're fine. We have a very talented drill team and we're doing just great," she said.

The Texas Kicking Bull Riding event, a major fundraiser formerly organized by the club, is still planned for Friday and Saturday.

Drill team parents are now heading up the event. All of the money will be handled by The Friends of Texas Kicking Bull Riding, but the proceeds will go to the team, said Leisha Dioguardi, who is helping organize the event.

"We've definitely had some changes with the disbanding of the booster club," she said.

People who want to donate to the team may still do so by writing a check to the school district and marking on the memo section that the funds go to the West drill team, said Diane Boyett, communications director with the district.

The club will be allowed to re-apply next school year if it wishes to do so, Boyett said.

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