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Testimony concluded June 26 in a three-day special education hearing pertaining to the alleged abuse and mistreatment of Pietzsch-MacArthur Elementary special needs student Triniti Thibodeaux. Aug. 28, the results of the hearing were delivered, and BISD is being held liable for the mistreatment of one of the district’s more defenseless students.

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An initiative sparked by students’ desire to give back to the teachers of the Beaumont Independent School District garnered the support of the community and an outpouring of financial backing for their efforts, raising roughly $25,000 to fund back to school supplies for the educators, according to one of the cause’s organizers, West Brook High School grad Sarah Sanders.

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Dr. Dwaine Augustine

The Beaumont Independent School District gets a new Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources effective Aug. 19 — current assistant superintendent for academics Dr. Dwaine Augustine.

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Longtime Beaumont Independent School District contract electrician Calvin Walker not only made millions of dollars off the funds given to the local school district to support the education of Beaumont’s youth – he also made a music video/commercial using the taxpayer funds meant to educate Beaumont students, according to information provided by the Beaumont Independent School District.

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From Beaumont Independent School District spokesperson Nakisha Myles: The Beaumont Independent School District Board of Managers and Superintendent Vernon Butler are seeking staff and community input on ways to trim the budget for the upcoming 2014-15 school year. The recommendations submitted will be reviewed and considered by both the Board of Managers as well as the Superintendent.

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Mugshots of Daryl Johnson, Erin Johnson and Kailyn Pete

The fight against public corruption in Jefferson County continued Wednesday, Aug. 6, as a federal grand jury indicted three more former Beaumont Independent School District employees who are charged with embezzling money from a program receiving federal funds. Two of those indicted are alleged to have never actually worked for the district.

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Saleme (right)

The Beaumont Independent School District has hired a new school finance consultant in former assistant superintendent for finance Leroy Saleme, who will come on as interim chief financial officer to assist in the area of finance and budget preparation for the upcoming school year.

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Sharon Rigsby, planetarium teacher at the Murray J. Frank Planetarium, was removed from the latest Beaumont Independent School District Reduction in Force (RIF) list. Rigsby’s name was not called when a notice of proposed termination due to financial exigency was announced at a BISD Special Meeting July 28.

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Tuesday, July 29, BISD contract electrician Calvin Walker was indicted and arrested for perpetrating fraud against the Beaumont Independent School District and the city of Port Arthur, Jefferson County District Attorney Cory Crenshaw says.

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Calvin Walker at Jefferson County Jail (photo by Kevin King)

Tuesday, July 29, BISD contract electrician Calvin Walker was indicted and arrested for perpetrating fraud against the Beaumont Independent School District and the city of Port Arthur, Jefferson County District Attorney Cory Crenshaw says.

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