Beaumont Independent School District

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In the Education Law Center’s researcher-generated “Is School Funding Fair? America’s Most Fiscally Disadvantaged School Districts” second edition report released this month, authors Bruce Baker, Theresa Luhm, Monete Johnson and David G. Sciarra compiled a list of the nation’s most fiscally disadvantaged schools.

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Although the forensic auditing team of Weaver Tidwell LLP spent one year and a million bucks to painstakingly detail expenditures of the Beaumont Independent School District’s $388 million bond initiative over the course of 2,700 pages, investigators in Southeast Texas have yet to find one indictable offense in the year-old document.

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The week ends with no new contenders posted on Thursday or Friday for the Beaumont Independent School District Board of Trustees election. However, The Examiner had learned that local philanthropist and businesswoman Mandie Peel is considering a bid for the At-Large post on the BISD dais.

Peel, along with husband Dr. Garrett Peel, is a parent to five – with students in public, private and home schools.

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The Beaumont Independent School District engaged the firm of Weaver and Tidwell to conduct a forensic audit regarding the 2007 bond issue to find repairs of existing infrastructure and to construct new buildings, including a multipurpose sports venue, Assistant District Attorney Tommy Turner said in a press release Feb. 2.

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After multiple financial audits that analysts had to qualify with exceptions, the Beaumont Independent School District is being presented the first “unqualified audit” of its finances since Texas Education Agency Commissioner Michael Williams ousted the elected Board of Trustees amid allegations of gross mismanagement and installed a Board of Managers to oversee BISD’s affairs in July 2014.

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More than two years after commissioning a nearly $1 million forensic audit of the Beaumont Independent School District, BISD announced it has received a final work product and will release the analysis in its entirety for public consumption as soon as the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office completes its investigation. 

According to Assistant District Attorney Tommy Turner, the office expects to finish its analysis by the end of January.

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Kevin Flanigan

Beaumont Independent School District high school coach Kevin Flanigan was cleared of allegations of “improper visual recording” by a grand jury on Wednesday, Dec. 21, according to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office.

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Beaumont ISD Officer Macie Bergeron and Chief Rob Flores

The Beaumont Public Schools Foundation (BPSF) distributed nearly $13,000 in grant items to students and staff of the Beaumont Independent School District (BISD) for innovative classroom projects during the 2016 Fall Grant Caravan on Dec. 2. The foundation and friends visited nine campuses and the BISD Police Department, awarding 12 grants to 11 staff and a group of five students.

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All three of Beaumont Independent School District’s high school campuses were rated as “Met Standard” by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for the 2015-16 annual School Report Card rating released Thursday, Dec. 8.

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Shortly before 2 p.m., on Thursday, December 8, parents of Beaumont Independent School District West Brook High School students were sent a message that, “In response to an incident that occurred off campus and after hours, West Brook Administrators, with the assistance of Beaumont ISD Police Department, implemented enhanced security precautions today.  This was done out of an abundance of caution and at no time was there an act

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