BISD super names new human resources director

Dr. Dwaine Augustine

The Beaumont Independent School District gets a new Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources effective Aug. 19 — current assistant superintendent for academics Dr. Dwaine Augustine.

“Further adding to the efficiency of this team is my plan to expand the duties of Dr. Shirley Bonton who currently serves as the Deputy Superintendent for the Beaumont Independent School District, to include all phases of curriculum, instruction and assessment from K to 12,” said BISD Superintendent Vernon Butler. “In coordinating the talents of our administrators and eliminating the departmentalization of their talent, it will result in multi-staffing and responsibility which certainly in the future might eliminate the need for some administrative positions.”

According to information from BISD spokesperson Nakisha Myles, Augustine started his career in education as a high school teacher in the Hamshire-Fannett Independent School District where he later excelled to the posts of high school assistant principal, high school principal, and assistant superintendent where he was directly responsible for curriculum, instruction, testing and human resources. He received his doctorate degree from Lamar University in Education Administration in 2009.

Augustine said his duties will ease up now that he will oversee the HR department, since, “I was filling that role as well as my other duties up until now since our Human Resources director retired.”

Augustine will relinquish some of his former duties immediately, but others will take more time to move to other departments.

“We’ll be transitioning with testing,” for example, Augustine told The Examiner. “I’ll still be involved in testing for a little while, but that will change.”

The new HR director said his job shift was due to “a re-organization by the superintendent.”

Augustine said he has experience in the human resources department from his time at Hamshire-Fannett and has served on an interim basis as the HR director since June of this year at BISD. Augustine added that his 17 years in education will be an asset to his new position, and  he will look for ways to advance the mission of the BISD HR Department.

“On an interim basis – I was already reviewing some of the processes we have in human resources,” he said. “We’ll be changing some things – from a technology standpoint and looking at other things, as well.

“I think we’ve rooted things for what allegedly went on with Daryl Johnson (who is under federal indictment for paying his wife and girlfriend with BISD funds for payroll salaries although neither actually worked for the school district). If anyone has information differently, we’d definitely encourage them to let us know so we can look into it.

“The hope is that by changing some processes and adding the technology component and some checks and balances electronically… that’s one of the things we’ll be doing at the start of the new school year to keep things like that from happening again.”

Augustine said it may take a couple weeks to move offices, but he is already hard at work in his new position.

“We’re looking for a CFO for sure, and we’re looking for bilingual teachers – those are two areas where we need people,” Augustine said, encouraging applicants to put in applications to fill those roles.

Augustine, who is entering his 18th year as an educator this year, said he hasn’t always been in education, but has found his niche.

“I was a firefighter for five years before I entered education,” he said of his past life. “It’s kind of a long story …”