The News

Chad Reed and Sondra Reed

March 27 at a school board meeting, Vidor Independent School Board trustees unanimously voted to approve the termination of Sondra Reed and resignation of Chad Reed aft

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CFO Willie "Ann" Westbrooks (left) and Auditor Dan Hernandez

The Beaumont ISD trustees added a new CFO, Willie “Ann” Westbrooks, to the staff to replace two former finance officials currently facing federal prosecution for embezzling more than $4 million from the district’s coffers over a three-year period.

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Beaumonters haven’t heard the last in the fight for $3.2 million taken from BISD contract electrician Calvin Walker by the U.S. Department of Justice, money seized when Walker faced federal prosecution for submitting doctored invoices to the local school district for payment in 2012.

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Fifteen community members have been selected to serve on the newly formed Beaumont Independent School District Special Accreditation Committee, although not all of those named have yet decided whether to participate in any endeavor solicited in the name of the current school district leadership.

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Another credit rating service, Standard & Poor's, has recognized the Beaumont Independent School District’s “deficient internal control mechanisms” and downgraded BISD’s standing to 'A-' from 'AA-' according to information supplied to investors April 9.

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