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KFDM News learns Dr. Chargois gives Jessie Haynes option of returning to work

The Beaumont school board president confirms to KFDM News the superintendent is giving Jessie Haynes the option of coming back to work.


Board president Woody Reese says during the executive session at last night's meeting Dr. Timothy Chargois told trustees he removed his communications director from paid suspension and is offering her the option of returning to work.


It's not clear if she's made that decision yet.


The superintendent put Haynes on paid leave in August after she blocked a door at the administration building to prevent a board member from going inside.


That board member Mike Neil wanted to find out why reporter Jerry Jordan was prevented from going inside the room where the BISD attorney was answering questions.


The district attorney's office charged Haynes with class B misdemeanor obstruction.


She posted bond and was released from jail.



BEAUMONT - Sources tell KFDM News BISD superintendent Dr. Timothy Chargois has removed his Special Assistant to the Superintendent for Communications, Jessie Haynes, from paid suspension and is giving her the the option of coming back to work.

Those sources say Dr. Chargois told board members in executive session during Thursday night's meeting.

Board President Woodrow Reese confirmed the information our sources provided to KFDM News.

"That's the superintendent's decision, not the board's," Reese told KFDM News.

Dr. Chargois put Haynes on paid administrative leave August 5, following an August 1 board meeting in which she blocked a door in front of a room where the school district attorney was answering reporters' questions. Trustee Mike Neil tried to get inside to find out why reporter Jerry Jordan wasn't allowed in. The District Attorney charged Haynes with Class B Misdemeanor obstruction. She posted $250 bond and was released from the Hardin County Jail. If convicted, she could face up to 180 days in jail and/or up to a $2,000 fine.

Sources say although Dr. Chargois has removed Haynes from paid suspension and given her the option of returning to work, it's not clear if she's made that decision, and, if so, when she'd return.

KFDM News emailed Haynes for comment. We're waiting for a response.

KFDM News contacted the superintendent's office for comment. Communications specialist Ron Reynolds issued the following statement: "Dr. Chargois doesn't discuss personnel issues with the media."

 


 

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