Central High School will merge with Ozen on the Ozen campus.
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Feb. 15, the Beaumont ISD Board of Managers approved the name, mascot and colors for the soon to be merged Central and Ozen campuses. The Beaumont United High School, maroon and gold Timberwolves will combine for the 2018-19 semester under the leadership of Ron Jackson, who was also named principal at the meeting. Prior to the vote naming the new campus, Superintendent Dr. John Frossard, laid out a restructuring plan for the new campus that detailed leadership positions, introduced a 9th grade academy and focused on existing and future magnet program options.

Marshall Middle School eighth grade basketball (top) and Ozen soccer

SETCA Class of 2017 Hall of Fame

The Southeast Texas Coaches Association will host its annual luncheon and introduce the SETCA Class of 2017 Hall of Fame on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Holiday Inn on Walden Road. The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m., and tickets can be purchased at the door for $10.


Port Arthur Independent School District (PAISD) Superintendent Dr. Mark Porterie reports that there will be increased security at Memorial High School on Monday, Oct. 3, in response to online clown threats - menacing social media posts currently being nationally circulated asserting that creepy-looking clowns will be making armed attacks on various schools.

Ed Taylor

Taylor hired as Ozen football coach


Ozen football coach resigns after 2 years

The Ozen Panther football program will look for a fourth new head coach in five seasons as David Suggs announced his resignation May 10 after two seasons. Suggs and the Panthers were 9-12 in two seasons with one playoff appearance, finishing the 2015 slate with a 5-5 record.

sidewalk problems

Where the sidewalks end, the danger for Beaumont students begins, Ward 4 Councilwoman Robin Mouton warns.

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.

First day of school at Jones–Clark Elementary

A letter sent home this week to parents of students attending dozens of campuses across Southeast Texas informed them that not only was their child’s school not up to par, but Texas law allows for a transfer to a campus or district that hasn’t exhibited such educational inadequacies. Anyone looking to cash in on that option for the sake of their child’s education would find, however, that there simply is nowhere to go. At least, not for free.

Ozen senior point guard Josh Boyd (top), Kelly basketball and Colton Weisbrod

Ozen point guard signs with Northwestern State

Ozen senior point guard Josh Boyd signed a Nation Letter of Intent to play college basketball at Northwestern State in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Boyd (6-0, 200) averaged 10 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and three steals last year, helping the Panthers make the Class 5A state championship game while finishing 33-4.


UPDATE: Marchelle Washington, 14, is reported safe at home with her family as of Friday morning, Nov. 30.

Twenty-four hours is a long time when you don’t where your child is.