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Administration Denies Funds for Inglewood Girls Team
By Kenneth D. Miller, Assisting Managing Editor & Malcolm Irving, Sentinel Intern
Published July 31, 2014

The Inglewood High School girls basketball coach Tony Scott is coming off a tremendous season. He led his team to the CIF Southern Section Division III-A final.  With much success this year from the girls basketball team, one would think that the team would go celebrate in honor all of their accomplishments this season.   Instead the team was in conflict with the school administrator’s that will make the end of the season for Coach Scott and Inglewood girl’s basketball team a costly battle.

Shortly after the end of season Coach Scott finds out that the funds they raised throughout the season to help pay for an end of the season banquet has been allegedly misplaced or used by the school administrator’s.

Scotts says the interim principal (then vice principal) Mr. Gallegos told him that the team did not have any funds in their account at the end of season.  Mr. Gallegos had an itemized list of expenses showing where the funds were used to pay for different items, events or activities.  According to coach Scott the girls basketball team funds do not normally pay for those expenses. 

“We do not pay for playoff games, referees, scorekeeping, school announcers and especially the boys basketball team tournament,” Scott Said. “The school always paid for those expensive since my 10 years of coaching at Inglewood High School.”

Coach Scott made sure he was right by printing out all the receipts he generated over 2013-2014 season.  He added all the receipts, and the girls basketball team made over 5,000 dollars this past season.  However, according to Mr. Gallegos the team did not actually have any money.  It was reported that the team had a negative balance of $8,000. 

“I do not have time for this.  I do not operate like this.  I make sure I always pay people upfront,” Scott said. “If we pay for the referees and playoff games, than who pays for the soccer, baseball and volleyball team referees and games, because those teams do not generate income like we do.  That is what I really want to know.”

Scott was referred to the Chief Operations Operator Joe Dominguez to meet on the situation July 8th.  Scott said Dominguez canceled that meeting and did not get back to him.  Now that the situation is getting recognition Dominguez wants to do something to help and get the basketball team the banquet, but Scott does not want it.

“I felt I was in a good place because attention has been brought to this, but when I received a call from Mr. Dominguez then it really put me on the defense, “Scott said.   “I did not know how to handle this call, because I am not going to give into what he asking me about taking care of the banquet and that I should of went to him knowing I already went to him twice. This far into the situation some prominent people has already stepped up and trying to help out on what is going on.”

Some of the prominent people that are supporting this situation are Senator Roderick Wright and college basketball coaches from Oakland to New York.  Scott was also recognized on CBS Broadcasting News on July 22nd on the matter. 

Scott served in the military for 20 years and is a strong family man.  He is doing this job because he loves it, but with this happening every year is taking away the love he has built into coaching.  Like any other coach he would like a chance to celebrate a successful season and all the hard work the team has put into the season.

 “What I am giving is not enough and that part makes me want to walk away,” Scott says.  My family needs me at home more than the way school administrators is treating the basketball team and me. I’d rather walk out than have to do all this again for another year.”

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