Chad Barrett will not return to his duties as head football coach or teacher at Bonney Lake High School.
Barrett, who came to Bonney Lake in 2009 after turning heads as defensive coordinator at Skyline, has been on administrative leave since Feb. 29 following an investigation into missing money from team fundraisers that could have totaled between $17,000 and $20,000, according to school district administrators. He had requested a medical leave that had started Feb. 9.
Administrators say Barrett has admitted responsibility for the missing funds, but there is no information on what happened to that money, which would have come from the team sale of $20 cards that gave customer discounts at various stores as well as donations players solicited from local businesses. Those events netted the program about $17,000 in each of Barrett’s first two seasons. Only $320 was deposited into the school’s Associated Student Body account from the 2011 efforts, prompting internal and independent investigations.
Anyone who made donations to the Bonney Lake football program during this school year are encouraged to call Debbie Campbell (Sumner School District director of business services) at 253-891-6010 to verify the status of their donations.
The state auditor has also been apprised and will help determine if any legal charges will follow, according to administrators.
Following a meeting late Wednesday afternoon between Barrett, school district administrators and attorneys from both sides, a mutual agreement was reached allowing Barrett to resign his coaching and teaching positions. The agreement included an arrangement for Barrett to make financial restitution to the school district.
I will have a more detailed story about the situation in Thursday’s paper.