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Hearing could determine fate of BISD board election
BEAUMONT - The arguments grew heated at times during a hearing Wednesday to determine whether BISD voters go to the polls in November.
Testimony began at 9 a.m. and ended at 5:30 p.m. The hearing will continue September 17 in Judge Donald Floyd's court.
Attorneys for BISD and lawyers for three board challengers presented their cases in Judge Floyd's courtroom.
There are questions about whether the board waited too long to set a November election and whether three incumbents missed the deadline for running.
The most contentious testimony centered on whether a November election would be fair or whether it would discriminate against minority voters.
Among those attending the hearing were board president Woodrow Reese, Gwen Ambres, Mike Neil and Tom Neild.
Also in court were two women who filed for the election: Donna Forgas and Linda Gilmore.
The court's decision could include ordering a November election or preventing an election because some say the board waited too long to officially set the November date.
The debate grew heated when it focused on which map the district would use in an election-one with seven single member districts or five single member districts and two at-large seats.
A witness for BISD testified a 5-2 plan under consideration would discriminate against minority voters by preventing them from voting for the candidate of their choice.