BISD superintendent announces pending resignation
BISD PRESS RELEASE from school district communication director Jessie Haynes – Dr. Timothy Chargois announced today his plans to resign Oct. 31, 2014, as superintendent of schools for the Beaumont Independent School District. Dr. Chargois’ resignation will be discussed as an agenda item for this Monday’s special meeting. Trustees will also consider laying off approximately 110 contract administrators and teachers to be part of a Reduction In Force being implemented under the district’s recent declaration of financial exigency.
Dr. Chargois has been at the helm of BISD as it chief executive officer for two years. The school board trustees voted unanimously to promote the then assistant superintendent, former principal and former classroom teacher to the top post replacing its retiring superintendent.
Becoming superintendent after two consecutive years of major budget cuts by the state and additional losses of grant funding led Dr. Chargois to focus on bringing the district back to financial health as his second priority, preceded only with the priority of working diligently to help students achieve their best. Under his leadership, BISD has one of the highest graduation rates in the state and in the nation when compared to school districts with similar demographics.
“I thank the Board of Trustees, employees, students, parents, citizens and the Beaumont community as a whole for allowing me the opportunity to work at this awesome and most noble task of making sure we focused on the total well-being of every child, every day. In the coming weeks, I hope to have returned BISD to optimum fiscal fitness that will serve as a solid base for the future of this district of nearly 20,000 students and nearly 3,000 employees. With BISD being the largest employer in the region, its financial stability will impact more than the employees and students who live here in Beaumont. No doubt, the job as superintendent has been challenging. However, the bright eyes of our students thirsty for knowledge, wisdom and achieving success in academics, the arts, athletics and so many other areas made every moment of the challenge worthwhile,” Dr. Chargois said.
The superintendent said he plans to present the trustees with a balanced budget. Furthermore, he is confident that the final number of employees being laid off as part of the district’s RIF will be less than 200. “With the contract employees to be named at Monday’s Board meeting and approximately 75 at-will employees to be identified later, the district will be able to start the new school year with a balanced budget projection. Some attrition has helped the district’s financial picture as a number of retirements and resignations occurred. Some employees moved on to new jobs outside of BISD,” he explained. He credits this success partially to Tuesday’s job fair which was co-sponsored by BISD and the Southeast Texas WorkForce Commission.
Board President Gwen Ambres said her prayers go with Dr. Chargois and his family. “He is a good man and his heart has been in the right place. Certainly I, and I believe, the entire Board of Trustees, will do right by him as we discuss the details of his resignation. Truly, I join the entire community in wishing him well in his future endeavors,” Ambres said.