Beaumont ISD

One by one, they came before the Beaumont ISD Board of Managers time and time again to plead for reprieve, but residents of Bevil Oaks were ultimately rebuffed in their quest to secede from the district by a board vote cast Tuesday, May 16.

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Former Beaumont ISD electrical contractor Calvin Walker will be required to face state prosecution alleging he defrauded the school district and the city of Port Arthur, according to a ruling by the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS), as the court’s justices this week refused to entertain pleadings by Walker and his legal counsel that the cases pending against the defendant should be quashed before ever being heard by a jury of his peers. Walker is set to appear before Jefferson County Criminal District Court Judge John Stevens on June 5.

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Gayla DuBose, Ronitha Pickens and Denise Clement

Three BISD teachers were recognized with the Wayne A. Reaud Excellence in Education Award: Gayla DuBose, Sallie Curtis Elementary School; Ronitha Pickens, Willie Ray Smith Sr. Middle School; and Denise Clement, Beaumont Early College High School.

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There’s enough interest in the city of Bevil Oaks to garner the number of required signatures so their students would attend Hardin-Jefferson ISD schools rather than Beaumont ISD schools.

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Alisa Boutte

According to Jefferson County Assistant District Attorney Cory Kneeland, a March 15 indictment on one count of third-degree felony theft has been dropped against Beaumont Independent School District special education teacher Alisa Boutte. Kneeland said the prosecuting agency came into information that caused the District Attorney’s Office to drop all charges the week of March 27.

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Calvin Walker (right) and his trial attorney in the federal case, Dick DeGuerin

Former Beaumont Independent School District contract electrician Calvin Walker, under state indictment for allegedly defrauding and illegally collecting millions of dollars from BISD and the city of Port Arthur, has challenged the constitutionality of the pending state criminal prosecution to the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS).

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The Beaumont Foundation of America is pleased to announce the 15 recipients of the 2017 Reaud Excellence in Education Award. Since 2009 the Foundation has recognized superior teachers whose dedication and leadership inspire both students and fellow educators. The awards provide public acclaim and financial rewards to these teachers who are furthering excellence in education throughout Southeast Texas.

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TEA Deputy Commissioner of Governance A.J. Crabill takes questions.

“It’s not what you think it is,” Region 5 Education Service Center Director Dr. Danny Lovett told a group of about a dozen attendees sitting in on Saturday training designed to educate anyone who may be interested in what it will take to be part of the Beaumont Independent School District’s new Board of Managers. 

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At least two pieces of the BISD forensic audit were left out of the initial document release, and with some digging, The Examiner has those additional reports.

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