Hunters Lane parents say coach mismanaged cheerleading funds

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 9:24pm

Hunters Lane High School parents and students are accusing that school’s cheerleading coach of mismanaging funds, inappropriately bringing personal matters to practice and exhibiting blatant favoritism. 

“This is my first year cheerleading, and due to what’s going on, I will state this will be my last year cheerleading,” Hunters Lane junior Britney Ikeard told the Metro Nashville Board of Education Tuesday night, alongside nine other peers and parents who voiced concerns. 

Keniqua Jordan, coach of both football and basketball cheerleading at Hunters Lane, was not in attendance Tuesday to defend herself. 

On Tuesday, parents told board members that returning Hunters Lane cheerleaders were required to pay equipment fees adding up to $550 this year. For new cheerleaders, they say the figure was $750. 

Nonetheless, parents claim their daughters still haven’t received basic equipment essential such as shoes, socks, rain jackets and practices shorts. In addition, they say they paid $250 for a cheerleading camp that, in the end, never took place.  

“We as parents want to know why haven’t our girls received their uniforms –– or where is the money?” parent Stephanie Rankin said. 

Concerned parents have called for an audit of the school’s cheerleading program. But Metro school officials say monies collect match the receipts of Hunters Lane’s cheerleading account. 

“A cursory review of the expenses indicated that funds were spent for the cheerleaders and there is no missing money,” Hunters Lane principal Susan Kessler told The City Paper via email. 

But criticism doesn’t end with the financial situation. In a 30-minute public comments period at Tuesday’s board meeting, students discussed what they’ve perceived as favoritism from the coach toward certain cheerleaders. And some parents said the coach has brought to practice matters that should stay at home. 

“She discusses her marriage and divorce to girls,” one mother alleged. 

The parent added: “Her husband has come in with a T-shirt on that reads across the front, ‘I used to love her.’ The back says, ‘But now, I pimp her.’ ” 

School board member Ed Kindall expressed concern about the matter. 

“These are some very serious allegations, when you talk about favoritism, mismanagement of funds and unsupervised students,” Kindall said. 

Director of Schools Jesse Register assured the board that school administrators would look further into the situation.  

7 Comments on this post:

By: Xemo on 10/11/11 at 9:29

If the money has been spent, where's is the gear?
I smell a rat, maybe more than one.
Call the cops.

By: Nitzche on 10/11/11 at 10:15

keniqua?isn't she the cheerleader mom at ensworth?

By: artsmart on 10/12/11 at 5:17

Register and the School Board will make sure they look into it, right. You have a better chance of figuring out the cure for cancer while eating your breakfast this morning.

By: fdanshep on 10/12/11 at 6:28

Ok, I guess we need to maintan "innocent until proven guilty" but I am constantly amazed at the serious issues that continue to come out of Hunters Lane. Football team smoking pot before games, fights, fights, fights and so on. When will Susan Kessler be held accountable?

By: JakeNashville on 10/12/11 at 7:37

Just more of the same. Sterotypical or not, it is what it is!

Another kid grows up with a rediculous name her mother pulled out of a spoon of alphabet soup with no regard of decency or common sense.

Then, the husband showing up with a typical :ghetto/thug" themed shirt. Do people in this neighborhood have any idea of how then CONTINUALLY perpetuate the negative views the city has on this school?! It's no wonder people look down on these areas and people simply because of the manner they conduct themselves! If you want to be respected and treated as equal in the world, grow up, think about your actions BEFORE you act, and be respectful of others!!!

By: macjedi on 10/12/11 at 9:09

...wait. So... it is somehow NEWS that a cheerleading squad involves bad spending, drama, and favoritism? Mmmkay...

Slow day, CP?

By: RTungsten on 10/12/11 at 10:01

Anyone know where I can get that shirt at?