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Justice of the Peace Brad Burnett

Starting Sept. 1, juveniles not attending class as mandated by law will no longer face stiff criminal penalties should they not comply with compulsory attendance, according to new legislation passed in Texas this summer.

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Ashley Bowden mugshot

An Examiner investigation has revealed that the Beaumont Independent School District has been paying administrative leave to a counseling clerk since April, although district officials have not answered queries as to why an at-will employee has been afforded concessions typically reserved for contract employees.

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In a lawsuit against former Beaumont Independent School District assistant superintendent and Central High School principal Patricia Adams Collins Lambert, student C’Brionne Hendrix is claiming the educator currently under federal indictment for cheating on standardized tests and misappropriation of funds also cheated the pupil of her earned class ranking as salutatorian for the Central High Class o

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Shaunte Guillory, shown here greeting new BISD Superintendent John Frossard

Another Beaumont Independent School District administrator has been placed on paid leave, pending the outcome of an investigation into “testing irregularities” on standardized tests, according to information obtained by The Examiner.

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Naomi Lawrence-Lee

Naomi Lawrence-Lee, fired purchasing director for the Beaumont Independent School District, has an Oct. 26 trial date in Criminal District Court in Jefferson County to face a felony theft charge, specifically aggregation of theft by a public servant of more than $1,500 but less than $20,000.

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Gayle Botley

In a lawsuit filed in Jefferson County’s 58th District Court on Wednesday, July 15, the Beaumont Independent School District is seeking monetary damages in excess of $1 million from independent auditor Gayle Botley for failing to comply with contractual obligations and professional negligence.

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Beaumont Independent School District Interim Superintendent Vernon Butler is hea

Beaumont Independent School District Interim Superintendent Vernon Butler is heading off to spend time with the grandkids, he said, entering retirement yet again. Butler came to BISD at the request of Texas Education Agency Commissioner Michael Williams in July 2014, taking over the local education agency for then-superintendent Timothy Chargois, ousted amid allegations of corruption and fraud.

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A newly released audit of the Beaumont Independent School District, first obtained by The Examiner, shows phantom money on the books skewed the school district’s financial position prior to Texas Education Agency Commissioner Michael Williams appointing a Board of Managers and interim superintendent to take the place of an elected Board of Trustees and superintendent Timothy Chargois on July 14, 2014.

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Armani Collins and Narda Herrarte

The Ben Rogers/Lamar University/BISD “I Have A Dream” Program recently awarded nearly $25,000 in scholarships to 10 Beaumont ISD Class of 2015 graduates at a reception and luncheon at the BISD Administration Building.

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