Former Whitney Young Swim Coach Andy Parro Pocketed $30,000 In Illicit Deals To Rent High School’s Pool, Watchdog Finds

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CHICAGO (CBS) — A swim coach who previously was disciplined for an arrangement allowing his private swim club to rent the pool at Whitney Young High School “for little to no cost,” also pocketed nearly $30,000 from improper side deals to lease the pool to three other outside groups, according to a new watchdog report.

From April 2013 through September 2016, Whitney Young swim coach Andy Parro collected at least $29,604 from three outside groups through “off-the books agreements” and kept the money for himself, even though he had no authority to rent out pool time at all, according to the latest annual report from Chicago Public Schools Inspector General Nicholas Schuler. The report does not name the school or Parro, but the CBS 2 Investigators previously have reported on allegations against Parro involving improper use of the Whitney Young pool.

In 2016, Parro and his club were suspended from doing business with the district, after Schuler’s office found he had made an arrangement with the principal and assistant principal to rent the pool for his private club for a mere $1.20 per hour between August 2014 and September 2016.  The inspector general estimated the school gave up $96,301.70 to $582,504.20 in possible rent due to the improper arrangement.

In the wake of Schuler’s report on that arrangement, the inspector general’s office received new complaints that Parro had been improperly subletting his swim club’s lease, and that he was still engaging in business with the school even after the Chicago Board of Education had moved to bar him from doing so.

Following an investigation into the new complaints, Schuler’s office determined he had made several arrangements to lease the Whitney Young swimming pool to outside groups, collecting at least $29,604 from three groups between April 2013 and September 2016. The inspector general found that money was never turned over to the school, as it should have been.

“In fact, the school clerk did not even know that any outside groups had rented the pool, other than the coach’s club team. Accordingly, the OIG found that the coach essentially stole the nearly $30,000 in rental fees (and possibly more) he collected by pocketing those funds for himself, rather than turning them over to the school as he should have done,” the report stated.

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