Trustees Mike Neil and Tom Neild

A hearing conducted Tuesday morning, May 7, in the 136th District Court of Jefferson County essentially ended a nearly yearlong battle for documents waged by two sitting Beaumont Independent School District trustees against the entity they serve.

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Wayne A. Reaud, chairman of the board for The Beaumont Foundation, poses with Ex

As part of its ongoing commitment to support education, The Beaumont Foundation recently selected 16 teachers from an impressive collection of nominations submitted by schools throughout Southeast Texas for the Wayne A. Reaud Excellence in Education Award. Each award recipient was honored at an awards gala and received a crystal obelisk, a portrait and $10,000.

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When I was growing up in a lake community in rural Georgia, I was among the minority in my school classroom. Almost everyone I knew had a biological mother and father and maybe a brother or sister or two living in their family home. Mommy had married daddy, and they were all set to live happily every after, many of them in neat, white-framed or brick houses with perfectly matched picket fences and flower gardens.

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