Former BISD cabinet member denied criminal appeal

Jessie Haynes

May 4, the Court of Criminal Appeals refused to hear an appeal from former Beaumont Independent School District Special Assistant to the Superintendent Jessie Haynes related to a criminal conviction handed down by a jury in May 2014.

The Class B misdemeanor conviction carried a sentence of two years probation, a $2,000 fine and community service, and Haynes was instructed to take a series of betterment classes, including anger management classes.

Haynes’ criminal charges stemmed from an altercation that occurred at the BISD administration building board meeting room the first week of August 2013. Haynes, who said she was only doing her job, used her body to keep a reporter and a BISD Board of Trustees member from entering a public hallway where the restrooms and water fountain are located, and where BISD attorney Melody Chappell was talking to select media representatives. Haynes further contended that she was injured in the confrontation and took off work for over nine months – paid time off – to attend to what she said was her mental anguish and bodily trauma.

Haynes, through new attorney David Barlow, has argued that she had inadequate representation in her court proceeding.