Former BISD superintendent spotted at county courthouse

Former BISD superintendent spotted at county courthouse

Former Beaumont Independent School District superintendent Carrol Thomas was at the Jefferson County Courthouse on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4, but the out-of-towner wasn’t there to vote. Instead, Thomas bypassed the polling booths and headed straight to the elevators where he went to the third floor grand jury room. Thomas’ photograph was captured by Examiner staffer Sharon Brooks as he entered the guarded doors of the special grand jury room just after 9 a.m. Thomas was in session until the group took a lunch break and then returned after lunch.

The grand jury that met on Tuesday was created by District Attorney Cory Crenshaw to investigate corruption in Jefferson County. Thomas retired from his position at BISD in 2012 and moved away from the area. Just last month, two former BISD finance employees were booked into federal prison for embezzling more than $4 million from the local school district’s coffers over a period of time that dates back to two years before Thomas left BISD. Additionally, several other employees and former employees of the school district are currently under indictment or are the subject of criminal investigations for acts they are said to have committed while under Thomas’ charge.

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