Source: BISD to name Chargois as new super

Source: BISD to name Chargois as new super

Unless things change before next week, after interviewing two internal candidates this past Tuesday, March 27 – Timothy Chargois and Shirley Bonton – trustees with the Beaumont Independent School District will call a meeting to announce they are selecting Chargois to be the replacement for outgoing superintendent Carrol Thomas, sources have confirmed.

When contacted late Wednesday, Chargois said he couldn’t make any comments on the issue.

“That is a board issue,” he said. “I can’t comment.”

Chargois is a West Orange-Stark High School graduate who received his bachelor’s degree from Lamar University and went on to obtain a master’s degree in education from Stephen F. Austin University. He achieved his doctorate in educational leadership from Lamar University.

In 2000, he served as principal for Lucas Elementary. He is currently the point person for a multi-million grant from the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation and oversees the district’s academic achievement testing program.

Several district employees said Chargois is well liked and is well respected across the community and known to be “fair.”

In an interview several weeks ago, Chargois told the newspaper he believed he was “up to the challenge” when asked about putting his hat into the ring as Thomas’ replacement.

Although no board members contacted by The Examiner would confirm the tip, the source said the announcement would be made next week, possibly as early as Monday or Tuesday.

“I cannot discuss it,” said BISD trustee Mike Neil. “I gave my word that I would have no comment if I were asked.”

Trustee Tom Neild also declined to comment or confirm the tip, as did trustee Janice Brassard. BISD trustees Terry Williams, Zenobia Bush and Woodrow Reece did not return phone calls seeking information about the selection. The newspaper did not have a contact number for trustee Gwen Ambres.

The only board member would make any comment about the interviews was Brassard, who said, “We did two interviews and we have two really strong candidates. I have no further comment until we decide publicly what we are going to do.”

Additionally, Thomas did not answer calls  for comment.

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Interesting....

Interesting....

While I feel there was haste

While I feel there was haste in the selection process and outside candidates should have been interviewed, I have talked to many people about Dr. Chargois and everything I've heard has been positive. I have been very critical of "Butch" Thomas and the school board for several years due to what I would consider malpractice, incompetence, moral turpitude, financial theft, and outright deception so I'm not a supporter of the current model of business. It's my hope that Dr. Chargois will clean house and make Beaumont ISD a reputable educational institution that can attract business to the area and no longer appear to be a fiefdom for a few individuals who benefit excessively from its operations.

of course they hired from within....

They need to keep happy those who know what's really been going on and where the proverbial bodies are burried. I know of multiple private elementary and high schools who sought outside council to conduct regional and national searches for their Head of School openings in recent years. And that's for the Head of one school....not an entire district superintendent. For this board to hire in haste after a two interview process indicates that there is much CYA going on and a desire to keep everything "in the family"......not a good sign for the future of BISD. One of these could possibly end up being the best candidate but how do you know as a board if you do not conduct an thorough and impartial search of all potential candidates.....something smells....

of course they hired from within....

They need to keep happy those who know what's really been going on and where the proverbial bodies are burried. I know of multiple private elementary and high schools who sought outside council to conduct regional and national searches for their Head of School openings in recent years. And that's for the Head of one school....not an entire district superintendent. For this board to hire in haste after a two interview process indicates that there is much CYA going on and a desire to keep everything "in the family"......not a good sign for the future of BISD. One of these could possibly end up being the best candidate but how do you know as a board if you do not conduct an thorough and impartial search of all potential candidates.....something smells....

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