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What happened to the millions of dollars in the BISD General Fund?

BEAUMONT - What happened to the millions of dollars in BISD's General Fund?

KFDM's Jennifer Gordy investigates in a special report tonight at 6.

The fund once stood at more than $40 million and has declined to just a few million dollars, although the exact amount won't be know for sure until the district conducts a forensic audit.

Click here for live stream of BISD meeting beginning at 6pm

BEAUMONT - The Beaumont ISD Board of Managers will take up the termination of several administrative employees, including communications director Jessie Haynes, as well as the voluntary separation agreement with Dr. Timothy Chargois, the former superintendent.
The board will also discuss budgetary items.

BISD Board of Managers to consider more terminations, separation agreement with Dr. Chargois

BEAUMONT - The Beaumont ISD Board of Managers will take up the termination of several administrative employees, including communications director Jessie Haynes, as well as the voluntary separation agreement with Dr. Timothy Chargois, the former superintendent.
The board will also discuss budgetary items.
Special Meeting 
Monday, June 30, 2014 6:30 PM
Board Room of the Administration Building

Gwen Ambres, President
Janice Brassard, Vice President
Terry Williams, Secretary
Zenobia Bush , Member
Mike Neil, Member
Tom B. Neild, Member
Woodrow Reece, Member

Dr. Timothy B. Chargois, Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Shirley Bonton, Deputy Superintendent/Chief of Schools
Dr. Dwaine Augustine, Chief Academic Officer
Philip Brooks, Chief of Operations
Sybil Comeaux, Executive Director of Human Resources
Melody Chappell, School Attorney
A. State of the District
A. Consider and, if Appropriate, Take Action to Approve Leasing the Southerland School Property to Brystar Contracting, Inc.
Exhibit C June 30, 2014.pdf
B. Consider and, if Appropriate Authorize the Naming of the Newly Combined Campuses of the Paul A. Brown and Pathways Learning Center. 
C. Consider and, if Appropriate Authorize, the King- Austin Merger, and that the Campus Name will remain M.L. King Middle School. 
D. Consider and, if Appropriate Take Action, if Any, to Authorize Attorney(s) to Take Action Concerning TEA Matter(s) and Authorize Payment to Attorney(s) Regarding Same.  
E. Consider and if Appropriate, Take Action to Approve the Proposed Termination of the Following 2014-2015 Probationary and Term Contracts due to the Reduction in Force because of Financial Exigency and Authorize the Superintendent or Designee to Notify Affected Employees as Listed in (Exhibit "E"). (Possible Executive Session Discussion)
Affected Area Master Final.pdf
F. Consider and if Appropriate, Take Action to Approve Specifying the Manner of Hearing(s), if any, Concerning the Proposed Termination of Probationary and Term Contract Employees due to the Reduction in Force because of the Financial Exigency, in Accordance with Policy DFFA (LOCAL).
G. Consider and, if Appropriate, Take Action to Nonrenew the Term Contract of Professional Employee Even Thomas. (Executive Session) 
H. Consider Recommendation for Proposed Termination of Term Contract of Professional Employee Jeanne Hines.  (Executive Session)  
I. Consider Recommendation for Proposed Termination of Term Contract of Professional Employee Yolanda Clark.  (Executive Session)
J. Consider and, if Appropriate, Take Action to Approve Personnel Recommendations.  (Executive Session)
K. Consider and If Appropriate Approve Voluntary Separation Agreement with the Superintendent of Schools. (Executive Session) 
A. Consultation with school district attorney, as permitted by Section 551.071 (1) (a) and (b), (2), of the Texas Government Code regarding pending or contemplated litigation; or a settlement offer; or on a matter in which the duty of the attorney to the government body under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct of the state Bar of Texas clearly conflicts with this chapter -- (Executive Session) 
1. Discussion of routine pending litigation matters
2. Consultation with Attorney(s) Concerning TEA matter(s)
3. Reynolds vs. BISD et. al. 
B. Consideration of personnel matters of the sort described in Section 551.074 (a) (1 and 2), and 551.082 of the Texas Government Code, regarding the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline or dismissal of a public employee; or to hear a complaint or charge against an officer or employee -- (Executive Session)  
1. Retirements 
2. Resignations 
3. New Employee Contract Recommendations
4. Administrative Contract Recommendations
5. Nonrenew the Term Contract of Professional Employee Even Thomas
6. Recommendation for Proposed Termination of Term Contract of Professional Employee Jeanne Hines.
7. Recommendation for Proposed Termination of Term Contract of Professional Employee Yolanda Clark. 
8. Proposed Termination of the Following 2014-2015 Probationary and Term Contract Employees due to the Reduction in Force because of Financial Exigency. 
9. Discussion of Voluntary Separation Agreement with the Superintendent of Schools.
C. Any final action, decision or vote, if any, with regard to the items listed above, shall be made in public (open) meeting duly announced by notice, as the Board of Education shall determine.

Early voting begins for State Senate election

SOUTHEAST TEXAS - Early voting is underway Monday for the August 5 runoff election in State Senate District 4.

Republicans Brandon Creighton and Steve Toth are battling for the seat. Both men are state representatives. Creighton is from Conroe. Toth is from The Woodlands.

Republican Tommy Williams resigned last October after more than a decade representing the district.

Creighton came out far ahead of Toth in the May special election but fell short of the 50 percent he needed to avoid a runoff.

Early voting began Monday morning and continues through Friday.


Lightning strike kills one, injures more than a dozen at Venice Beach in Southern California

LOS ANGELES (CBS News) - Lightning struck 14 people, killing one, as rare summer thunderstorms swept through Southern California on Sunday, authorities said.

A 20-year-old man was killed at Venice Beach in Los Angeles when lighting hit the area around 2:30 p.m., CBS Los Angeles said.

A total of 13 people, including a 15-year-old, were struck by lighting at Venice Beach, city fire spokeswoman Katherine Main said.

Four people were treated at the scene and the rest were taken to hospitals. The 20-year-old was pronounced dead at Marina Del Rey Hospital, the coroner's office said. One other person was in critical condition, CBS Los Angeles reported.

Fire officials said most of those taken to hospitals were mainly shaken up and were expected to recover.

Some appear to have been in the water and others on the beach's famed boardwalk. Lifeguards performed CPR on at least one person pulled from the water.

On Santa Catalina Island, often called Catalina Island, off the coast, a 57-year-old man was struck by lightning on a golf course and was hospitalized in stable condition, said Steve Denning, a law enforcement technician with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. He did not have other details.

The lightning strikes occurred as a thunderstorm hit the island, causing minor flooding and setting two small fires in the brushy backcountry that were quickly doused, Denning said.

The unusual weather came from monsoon moisture that brought a line of brief but fierce afternoon thunderstorms to the region.

Hundreds of lightning strikes were reported, but the storms were vanishing by later Sunday afternoon as they moved northwest.

Heat Index could reach 106; relief on the way

SOUTHEAST TEXAS - The Heat Index is expected to reach 106 in parts of Southeast Texas Monday, but relief is on the way in the form of cooler temperatures and an increasing possibility of rain.

Watch KFDM Weather at noon with Kerry Cooper, and at 5, 6 and 10 with Greg Bostwick. Stay with for updates.

Temperatures Monday will rise to the mid to upper 90's. The humidity will make it feel as if it's in the mid 100's. The chance of rain Monday is about 30 percent.

Rain chances increase to 40 percent Tuesday with temperatures dropping several degrees to the low 90's.

There's a 50 percent chance of rain Friday with temperatures dropping to the low 80's.

Temperatures pick back up this coming weekend to the upper 80's to about 90.


Smoke detector helps family escape fire

BEAUMONT - Investigators say a smoke detector alerted grandparents and their granddaughter to a fire first responders believe was caused by a window air conditioning unit and allowed them to safely escape.

Watch KFDM News and stay with for updates.

Fire Suppression units of Beaumont Fire/Rescue responded to a report of a structure fire at 1120 Liveoak at about 7 a.m. They arrived to find the structure heavily involved by fire.

Firefighters began fighting the fire inside the home but the heavy flames and smoke forced them to get out.

They continued fighting the fire from outside the home and brought the flames under control within 15 minutes.

A smoke detector alerted the grandmother and grandfather, and their granddaughter, to the fire. They were able to escape and weren't hurt.

Investigators say a window air conditioning unit appears to have caused the fire.

The Red Cross is helping the occupants find a place to stay.

Firefighters say the fire illustrates the importance of smoke detectors in saving lives.


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