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.
UPDATE: At about 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014, acting on a Crime Stoppers Tip, fugitive task force members located and arrested Cody Lewis in Pennington, Texas, about 157 miles northeast of Beaumont just off U.S. 287.
UPDATE 3 – Mike Neil's comments: Current BISD Board TrusteeMike Neil said Monday, April 14, in a 12:50 p.m. press conference at the BISD Administration Building, “This is a huge victory. There is no reason to appeal; Putting a conservator in is exactly what needs to be done. I wish they would have come in sooner.
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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