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For almost two years, the BISD board has known the will of the voters is to change from a 7/0 board to a 5/2 method of representation. Not something the majority on the board wanted, for certain, since they probably would lose some seats and certainly their ability to run the district like a monarchy.

From the beginning, their strategy was really quite simple: delay the change as long as possible and flavor the deliberation with well-orchestrated opposition. Next, pull out the race card.

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Superintendent Dr. Tim Chargois

In the hours leading up to what has been expected to be yet another contentious Beaumont Independent School District meeting Thursday, April 18, Superintendent Dr. Tim Chargois went on the offensive – calling for “civility and humility” among factions of the community thriving on hatred and discord, and those promoting any agenda not centered on BISD student success.

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BAC Tournament

(press release)

More than 300 area youth from Texas and Louisiana recently gathered in Beaumont to compete at the Inaugural “Texas Super Showcase” Basketball Tournament, benefitting IEA – Inspire, Encourage, Achieve/Ben’s Kids.

Hosted by the Beaumont Athletics Club, the three-day tournament featured 30 skilled teams, composed of players ranging in age from nine to sixteen.

The winners from the tournament were as follows:

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The litigation filed against Beaumont ISD in the 9th Court of Appeals to compel the district to follow the law and order the election the same Board of Trustees voted on at the Feb. 21, 2013, meeting has now turned into multiple lawsuits, letter writing campaigns and allegations of racial motivations from all sides. Wednesday night, April 3, a very upset relative of one of the trustee candidates called The Examiner and subsequently came to our offices with two letters.

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A three-hour long Beaumont Independent School District Board of Trustees meeting held Thursday, March 21, ended with one trustee facing assault charges and the majority of the board voting to bring in two $375-an-hour Houston lawyers to ready for a legal battle at the Texas Supreme Court. 

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Once heralded as the best districting option for the stakeholders of the Beaumont Independent School District (BISD) by the agency’s Board of Trustees, the recently adopted redistricting plan is now being disavowed by those who fought the hardest to implement it. The change came after nearly a week of legal back-and-forth between the attorneys for BISD and those who say the district is operating outside of the Constitution.

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On any given day, Beaumont’s Jones-Clark Elementary School is bustling with activity. When company is expected, the atmosphere at the campus is only amplified. On a recent Friday, when Jones-Clark staff and students were expecting a list of the city’s who’s who, the energy was hardly containable.

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A once outgoing and precocious pre-teen is now disenchanted with the life that centers around her education, the product of bullying allowed to run amok, according to the child’s mother, Coretta Bean. The claims of the child and her parents, backed up by multiple reports filed at the school district and its policing agency, are that the 12-year-old has been the victim of sexual and physical harassment endured daily at Beaumont ISD’s Austin Middle School, a place where the girl spends the majority of her day.

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Four meetings in two days gave Beaumonters the opportunity to sound off on a number of issues pertaining to the community’s school district. What was offered to those in attendance was the good, the bad, and the ugly of what citizens really feel about their local school district and those who run it.

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