BEAUMONT - The Beaumont school board has called a special meeting for Monday night to discuss the May elections and its appeal of a court ruling that all seven seats are up for election and three incumbents can't be on the ballot.
The Ninth Court of Appeals issued the ruling that would prevent board president Woodrow Reece and trustees Terry Williams and Zenobia Bush from running because they didn't file for the May 11 election. The trustees have said they didn't believe their seats were up for election until 2015. Donna Forgas, Marcelino Rodriguez and Linda Gilmore would run unopposed for those positions because they filed.
Attorneys for the trio filed suit with the Ninth Court and argued that because of redistricting all seven seats are up for election, not three as the district contended.
Here's the notice for Monday's meeting:
BEAUMONT - From BISD
NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING OF BOARD OF EDUCATION BEAUMONT INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
The Board of Education of the Beaumont Independent School District will hold a special (open) meeting on Monday, March 25, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of the Administration Building located at 3395 Harrison Street in Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas. Subjects to be considered at such meeting include:
1. Consider and If Appropriate Approve Engagement Letter with the Law Firm of Brazil and Dunn, LLP.
2. Consider and If Appropriate Approve Action to File Declaratory Judgment Action for Immediate Pre-Clearance of Redistricting and other May 11, 2013 Election Matters. Executive Session)
3. Consider, and if appropriate, take action to amend election order to include Michael Scott Neil as a candidate on the ballot for the May 2013 election.
Approximately five (5) minutes after the conclusion of the public (open) meeting referred to above, an executive (closed) meeting will be held to discuss the following matters:
A. Consultation with school district attorney, as permitted by Section 551.071 (1) (a) and (b), (2) 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. Receive advice from legal counsel concerning litigation matters regarding the May 11, 2013, Election.
B. 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.