Jefferson County District Attorney Cory Crenshaw sent notice June 17 to Beaumont Independent School District Board of Trustees members, superintendent Timothy Chargois, and school district attorneys advising that the pending executive session scheduled for Thursday, June 19, is contrary to government code in that the elected representatives are precluded from discussing a proposed Reduction in Force (RIF) behind closed doors.

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UPDATE 3: Court ended at approximately 5 p.m., with lawyers on both sides of the issue finishing up witness testimony. Among those to take the stand along with BISD superintendent Timothy Chargois was a BISD paid consultant, a TEA finance investigator, and TEA-appointed BISD conservator Fred Shafer.

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Texas Education Agency deputy commissioner Lizzette Reynolds has confirmed a decision made by TEA commissioner Michael Williams to lower the Beaumont Independent School District's accreditation status to "Accredited - Probation." The decision was made by the TEA commissioner in the wake of an investigation by the agency that revealed "serious and persistent deficiencies in the areas of financial management, compliance with legal requirements, and special education."

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The temporary restraining order hearing related to BISD that was scheduled for Monday, June 16, is now scheduled for docket call at 9 a.m. Tuesday June 17, according to TEA spokesperson DeEtta Culbertson.

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Byron Bush

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that BISD Trustee Zenobia Bush's son — Byron Bush — has been indicted for two counts of attempted capital murder and is currently in the Jefferson County Jail after Bush allegedly participated in a home invasion that resulted in the beating assault of an elderly woman and the exchange of gunfire with police at the Stone Hearst Apartments on East Lucas. 

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