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BISD Trustee Janice Brassard looks on as demographer George J. Korbel talks abou

Number seven may be the charm, but an audience gathered at Beaumont Independent School District’s West Brook campus Tuesday, May 7, sounded off against BISD’s most recent redistricting map, which was only made available for review the same day. BISD is redistricting as part of a constitutional mandate that requires voting entities to re-evaluate their district lines after each census to ensure fair representation to all the population.

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Trustees Mike Neil and Tom Neild

A hearing conducted Tuesday morning, May 7, in the 136th District Court of Jefferson County essentially ended a nearly yearlong battle for documents waged by two sitting Beaumont Independent School District trustees against the entity they serve.

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Will Humber of Odom Academy won a grant to purchase a new incubator and

The Beaumont Public Schools Foundation’s grant caravan visited local campuses Friday, May 3, to “grant” the wishes of a number of students and staff of BISD. Several grants were distributed during surprise presentations to the student and staff winners who applied for funding to be used for special projects at their schools.

Four students from Smith Middle School received grant awards along with six staff members from various campuses around Beaumont.

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The Beaumont Public Schools Foundation’s grant caravan visited local campuses Friday, May 3, to “grant” the wishes of a number of students and staff of BISD. Several grants were distributed during surprise presentations to the student and staff winners who applied for funding for items to be used for special projects at their schools.

Four students from Smith Middle School received grant awards along with six staff members from various campuses around Beaumont.

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When the Washington, D.C. District Court announced that the Beaumont Independent School District trustee election would be placed on hold and not be validated for May 11, it also asked the interested parties in the case to submit additional information. The case was heard before the court to deliberate whether or not a Texas 9th Court of Appeals ruling constituted “voting changes” that would need to be pre-cleared through the Department of Justice.

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A resolution calling for the cancellation of the May 11 Beaumont Independent School District trustee election on April 29 has prompted another legal battle with litigants asking a court to determine if school board trustees overstepped their boundaries in instituting such a measure.

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A lucky group of children from Beaumont and Port Arthur Independent School Districts visited The Giving Field in Beaumont on Friday, April 26, for an Educational Health and Wellness Fair to celebrate Global Youth Service Day 2013.

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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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