Beaumont ISD seeks out fraud tips

Chief Operations Officer Robert Calvert

Despite multiple indictments and convictions already attributed to fraud and fiscal mismanagement at the Beaumont Independent School District, officials are still looking to root out any remaining nefarious actors with the help of tipsters. In that vein, BISD launched a Tip Line on Monday, Jan. 11, to encourage informants to come forward and assist in taking back the school district from those who have used its assets for their own personal gain.

BISD Chief Operations Officer Robert Calvert said that it is his hope that community members and concerned parties will join in the effort to cull fraud and fiscal mismanagement from the district.

“It’s everyone’s school district,” he said. “It’s time for us to take our district back.”

According to information from BISD, “The BISD Tip Line is intended for reporting information or concerns related to fraud and the misuse/abuse of district resources. Issues related to instruction, athletics or personnel should be addressed at the campus level and consistent with district complaint policies.”

Additionally, the Tip Line is checked regularly, and electronically submitted tips are forwarded directly into the hands of BISD Police Chief Rob Flores through his smartphone. Still, according to BISD assistant to the superintendent Nakisha Burns, emergency situations should be reported to the BISD Police Department at (409) 617-7000 or via 911 to ensure prompt attention.

There are two ways to report a tip to BISD officials – online at bmtisd.com or by phone at 1-409-202-6083. This is a toll-free call; however, you must dial 1 and the area code in order to be connected.

“This was initiated by the Board of Managers to increase transparency and a free flow of information,” Calvert explained. “We encourage people to come forward … and openly communicate. We want to act on these things; we don’t want them to get swept under the rug.”

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