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June 4, 2014

School board to keep track of Keyser athletic funds

— KEYSER, W.Va. — The Mineral County Board of Education will be looking at the financial statements and documentation of the Keyser High School Athletic Boosters to ensure that the money is going in the right direction, according to Kevin Watson, board president. Gary Nelson, booster president, indicated that he has never been asked to show where the money that was raised is going.

“I wasn’t (asked) and I’m the president and I don’t think it goes much higher than me,” said Nelson during the board meeting Tuesday.

Watson agreed with Nelson.

“I will be by to check them out the best I can to make sure everything is going in the right direction.”

With every fundraiser that is held in the name of Keyser High School, 25 percent goes to Principal Charles Wimer, 15 percent goes to the athletic complex and 10 percent goes to the boosters, according to Watson.

“I want to see official documentation of that,” said Watson in an interview with the Times-News.

Nelson indicated that an audit of the booster would be clean.

“My audit is done by the school. We don’t have nothing,” said Nelson.

As of June, the board has paid $1 million toward the athletic complex, not including any of the money raised through fundraisers.

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