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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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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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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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Sharon Rigsby, Beaumont ISD planetarium teacher at the Murry J. Frank Planetarium, has found herself once again on the district’s Reduction in Force (RIF) list.

The original RIF list, containing more than 100 teaching positions, including Risby’s, failed to garner enough support to pass at a Monday, June 30, Board of Trustees meeting.

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TEA Commissioner Michael Williams and BISD teacher Alisa Courts

By Alisa Courts

Special to The Examiner

Monday, July 21, The Examiner gave me the opportunity to meet with Texas Education Agency Commissioner of Education Michael Williams alongside various local media outlets. After receiving our clearance to visit with him, we were ushered to the fifth floor of the Edison Plaza building. Moments later, Commissioner Williams entered the room, joined us at the table where we were seated, and greeted us.

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Former Lamar University president Jimmy Simmons (top left) will head the new b
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Texas Education Agency deputy commissioner Michael Berry ruled that TEA Commissioner Michael Williams was within his right to appoint an interim superintendent and Board of Mangers to take over operations formerly entrusted to the Beaumont Independent School District Board of Trustees on Monday, July 14.

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The Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office has dismissed a case against former BISD warehouse supervisor Daryl Johnson, who was fired in May 2012 under suspicion of theft and subsequently indicted on two counts of felony theft. The indictment alleged Johnson stole approximately $280,000.

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Sharon Rigsby

Protests by members of the Fine Arts Matters student organization continued Monday, June 30, despite an attempt by Jefferson County 172nd Civil District Court Judge Donald Floyd to unseat the current Beaumont Independent School District Board of Trustees that was looking to address a budget shortfall with, among other things, cuts to fine arts programs.

No action was taken by Floyd, however, who was unable to secure replacements for the board.

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Courtney Thibodeaux speaks with BISD Superintendent Chargois.

June 26 was the third and final day of the Special Education hearing concerning compensation for the alleged abuse and mistreatment of 6-year-old Pietzsch-MacArthur Elementary special needs student Triniti Thibodeaux.

Thibodeaux suffers from Angelman Syndrome, a disorder that makes the young child unable to speak and causes seizures.

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