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Photo by Sharon Brooks

The Beaumont Public Schools Foundation (BPSF) distributed more than $11,000 in grants to Beaumont Independent School District students and staff during the 2016 Spring Grant Caravan on Friday, May 13. BPSF board members and friends visited eight BISD campuses and surprised several staff and students by presenting them with items requested for innovative classroom projects to enhance the learning experience at the schools.

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The Beaumont ISD Student Services Department will begin accepting Campus-to-Campus Transfer Applications at 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 18, in the Central Administration Building Boardroom at 3395 Harrison, Beaumont. Applications will be accepted through 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 3.

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Jessie Haynes

May 4, the Court of Criminal Appeals refused to hear an appeal from former Beaumont Independent School District Special Assistant to the Superintendent Jessie Haynes related to a criminal conviction handed down by a jury in May 2014.

The Class B misdemeanor conviction carried a sentence of two years probation, a $2,000 fine and community service, and Haynes was instructed to take a series of betterment classes, including anger management classes.

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Patricia Lambert, Victoria Steward

More than a year after two Beaumont Independent School District administrators were indicted on charges of conspiracy and embezzlement related to cheating on standardized tests and stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from not only the school district but also students and their parents alike, the pair are inching closer to prison time.

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Calvin Walker

A federal court judge has recommended dismissing two more defendants from the civil complaint lodged by former Beaumont Independent School District contract electrician Calvin Walker and former school district Special Assistant to the Superintendent Jessie Haynes that alleges a mass conspiracy of roughly three dozen persons and businesses.

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Beaumont ISD recently approved the Academic Calendar for the 2016-17 school year. The calendar was developed through community and staff input, committee, and administrative recommendations.

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Mary Hastings

The Beaumont Independent School District Board of Managers voted to support terminating Ozen High School teacher Mary Hastings on Tuesday, April 19, after a student-produced video surfaced that showed the educator hitting another student during classroom instruction. The video began circulating April 8, and it didn’t take long for the footage to go viral, ending up on media outlets throughout the nation. The same day, Hastings was removed from the classroom and subsequently arrested.

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Beaumont Independent School District Ozen High School teacher Mary Hastings was removed from the classroom and subsequently arrested after a student-produced video showing the educator hitting another student during classroom instruction made it to a social media outlet. The video surfaced April 8, and it didn’t take long for the footage to go viral, ending up on mainstream media outlets throughout the nation.

The same day BISD officials learned of the incident, Hastings was relieved of duty.

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Patricia Lambert (left) and Sharon Hendrix

A federal civil lawsuit against former Beaumont Independent School District assistant superintendent Patricia Lambert, who has admitted in federal criminal court to bilking the school district of student funds and participating in a conspiracy to cheat on standardized testing, was dismissed this week, preventing the claimant from seeking to recover monetary damages.

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Calvin Walker

Barring a successful appeal to a higher court, former Beaumont Independent School District electrician Calvin Walker will stand trial in Jefferson County for crimes prosecutors say he orchestrated against the school district and the city of Port Arthur while he worked for the public entities and collected taxpayer funding in the millions.

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