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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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It’s come down to this. Recorded phone calls, video admissions, incriminating e-mails, forged checks, and insight from confidants turned informants …

Former Beaumont Independent School District assistant superintendent and Central High School principal Patricia Adams Collins Lambert is facing damning evidence in court this week that showcases the six-plus years she used funds meant to support the student body she oversaw as her own personal slush fund. 

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Patricia Adams Lambert and her husband enter the federal courthouse in Beaumont

Admitted embezzler and former Beaumont Independent School District assistant superintendent Patricia Adams Collins Lambert could lose more than just her freedom when she answers to the federal government regarding the hundreds of thousands of dollars she is accused of stealing from the students of the school district that paid her in excess of $100,000 annually for her services.

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LeRoy Saleme, Shirley Bonton and Willis Mackey

In early March 2014, the La Marque school district was assigned a state conservator after consecutive years of poor academic performance and financial troubles, according to information from the Texas Education Agency.

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Beaumont Independent School District (BISD) has named Anita Frank principal of Pietzsch-MacArthur Elementary. Frank currently serves as principal of Fletcher Elementary. Assuming the role of interim principal of Fletcher Elementary will be Gloria Guillory, who currently serves as assistant principal. Both will assume their roles effective Monday, Feb. 1.

Anita Frank

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