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BISD board member wants answers in Haynes investigation
BEAUMONT - By Justin Hinton, KFDM News
Four months after Communications Director/Special Assistant to the Superintendent Jessie Haynes was charged with obstruction for blocking a door, one Beaumont school board member doesnt understand her status.
We can no longer say this is being under investigation. This is going on its 5th month, and it's time to explain to the public what is going on and why we're continuing to pay an employee full salary and not work, said trustee Tom Neild.
Haynes blocked a door in the administration building following the Aug. 1 board meeting to prevent trustee Mike Neil from going inside a room.
The BISD attorney was answering reporters questions.
Neil says he wanted to know why reporter Jerry Jordan was kept out of the question and answer session.
Following the altercation, Haynes was placed on paid administrative leave and charged with obstruction, a misdemeanor.
She bonded out and is currently on assault leave.
If the medical records or whatever are produced and the police records produced and it shows that and verifies it, I'm satisfied. I mean, that's the due process of it, but let's get to that point. Let's just don't just say it was assault and not have backup to prove it, he said.
KFDM News has checked with the municipal court and no assault charges are on file.
According to the districts employee handbook, an employee is eligible for assault leave if they are physically assaulted.
Physical assault is defined by the following:
The person engaging in the conduct causing injury to the employee
1. Could be prosecuted for assault or
2. Could not be prosecuted for assault only because the persons age or mental capacity makes the person a non-responsible person for purposes of criminal liability.
We tried to reach out to Superintendent Dr. Timothy Chargois, but he ignored our request.
Neild said he will request an agenda item for the next meeting to discuss the details of Haynes' leave.