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Jeffrey and Sharon Filipich

Families with special needs children are often posed with great challenges. For some families, those challenges often involve preparing for the unexpected. What if a hurricane comes to Beaumont again? How will I pay for medications? Where do I go when a teacher mistreats my child? Who will take care of my child when I’m gone?

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Beaumont Independent School District contract electrician Calvin Walker issued an April 16 letter to Texas Education Agency Commissioner Michael Williams alleging three former BISD employees attempted to tamper with the bid process to keep him from doing business with the school district in 2006.

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Texas Education Agency spokesperson Debbie Ratcliffe said the agency is currently seeking public input on financial accountability indicators that will form a new financial accountability system to determine the fiscal responsibility of public school

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Commissioner Michael Williams

Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams announced Monday, April 14, his decision to appoint a Board of Managers and new superintendent to oversee the management of the Beaumont Independent School District, a group that should be in place by June 15.

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Two former Beaumont Independent School District employees pleaded guilty in federal court April 14 to allegations of embezzling or conspiring to embezzle more than $4 million dollars from the local school district.

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Keeath Magee

Jefferson County District Court Judge Milton Sheffield granted an extension to the temporary restraining order won by petitioner Melinda Harper, a Beaumont resident and, thereby, a Beaumont ISD stakeholder, on April 16, preventing the school district from conti

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Devin McCraney and Sharika Allison

Two former Beaumont Independent School District employees pleaded guilty in federal court April 14, 2014, to embezzling or conspiring to embezzle more than $4 million  from the local school district.

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In a press release, Texas Education Agency Director of Communications Gene Acuña attempted to “provide some perspective” regarding the tele-town hall meeting Thursday, April 10, April 10. The stated goal of the telephone-based town hall was to hear specifically from community members about issues surrounding the Beaumont Independent School District.

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CFO Willie "Ann" Westbrooks (left) and Auditor Dan Hernandez

The Beaumont ISD trustees added a new CFO, Willie “Ann” Westbrooks, to the staff to replace two former finance officials currently facing federal prosecution for embezzling more than $4 million from the district’s coffers over a three-year period.

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Beaumonters haven’t heard the last in the fight for $3.2 million taken from BISD contract electrician Calvin Walker by the U.S. Department of Justice, money seized when Walker faced federal prosecution for submitting doctored invoices to the local school district for payment in 2012.

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