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New auditorium unveiled at West Brook H.S., final project from 2007 bond
BEAUMONT - Students at West Brook High School in Beaumont were singing, dancing and acting in a brand new auditorium Tuesday. It was the final project from a 2007 school district bond issue.
It was a happy day at the high school as the West Brook community cut the ribbon to unveil a new auditorium, costing more than $5 million. Students, parents and BISD board members sang the praises of the new building. Many in the West Brook Community said they were thrilled with the outcome, but some still had nagging concerns.
Questions remain about how the district spent some of the $389 million bond. The state did a review of BISD in August. It found little transparency in tracking bond money. Now, BISD will start an audit of the five most expensive projects from the bond, including the auditorium.
BISD school board member Tom Neild wants to see the district account for about $100 million of the $389 million bond set aside for inflation.
"You could say $100 million of it was allocated for contingencies for inflation, for labor inflation, for materials inflation," said Neild. "We did not have that kind of inflation in material cost or labor cost
in our area when this bond was being done."
Neild wants the audit to answer where the money went and how it was used. Despite lingering questions, the West Brook High School community stayed positive and proud about the new building.
"I know there have been struggles but my main concern is being positive and staying positive for my child and for BISD and to move forward," said West Brook H.S. parent Janci Kimball. "I think that's what makes us stronger and so yes there are issues that need to be developed and dealt with but as of right now where I stand on it, I'm proud to have this facility."