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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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Whether seeking an elected seat on the Beaumont Independent School District Board of Trustees or an appointed seat on the same school district’s Board of Managers, those interested in sitting on the dais come May 2017 are now putting their intentions in writing as the deadline to file for either position quickly approaches.

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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

As the Beaumont Independent School District West Brook High School  Bruins prepped to take the football field against a third-round playoff opponent Thanksgiving weekend, the head coach who brought them that far was not on the sidelines.

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The Aug. 20 meeting for the community and prospective candidates interested in running for the Beaumont ISD Board of Trustees has been canceled. This meeting will be rescheduled, and the public will be notified as soon as an alternate date has been established. The meeting will be hosted by Region 5 Education Service Center and held at Edison Plaza in downtown Beaumont. 

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Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath

UPDATE 

The current individual members of the Beaumont Independent School District (“BISD”) Board of Managers have announced they will step down from their positions no later than the end of May 2017. The Board of Managers made this announcement Thursday, July 21, at its monthly general meeting.

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Dr. Diana Valdez

Hardin-Jefferson High School Principal Dr. Diana Valdez will now head Beaumont Independent School District’s West Brook High School in the 2016-17 school year, the BISD Board of Managers announced during a meeting Tuesday, June 21.

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Patricia Adams Collins Lambert

May 26, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas added another prosecutor to the sentencing case of former Beaumont Independent School District administrators Patricia Adams Collins Lambert and Victoria Steward. According to a filing at the court, Assistant United States Attorney Robert Wells of Tyler was added as co-counsel in the case.

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Photo courtesy of BISD

Beaumont ISD named its 2016-2017 Teachers of the Year at the Celebration of Excellence Gala held May 13. Dishman Elementary School Teacher Wanda Brooks was named the 2016-2017 BISD Elementary Division Teacher of the Year, and Vincent Middle School Teacher Melissa Chapman was named the 2016-2017 BISD Secondary Division Teacher of the Year.

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Jessie Haynes and Calvin Walker

Federal Judge Marcia Crone has spent nearly a year sifting through hundreds of legal documents filed as part of a civil racketeering case against roughly three dozen local, state and federal officials, as well as local media outlets and representatives, lodged by former Beaumont Independent School District administrator Jessie Haynes and contract electrician Calvin Walker. The total number of defendants in the case is dwindling, however, as just this past week two more were dismissed entirely from the litigation.

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