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BISD board president responds to Haynes story
BEAUMONT - By Justin Hinton, KFDM News
BISD board president Gwen Ambres responds to our story regarding the Director of Communications' assault leave.
She says in our original story, we only focused on two criteria of assault leave and that filing charges is not a requirement for assault leave.
She also said the investigation has been closed and presented to the board and didn't want people to get the wrong idea.
The assault leave policy found in the district handbook for the 2013-2014 school year says the following:
In addition to all other days of leave, a District employee who is physically assaulted during the performance of regular duties is entitled to the number of days of leave necessary to recuperate from physical injuries sustained as a result of the assault. At the request of an employee, the District must immediately assign the employee to assault leave. Days of assault leave may not be deducted from accrued personal leave. Assault leave may not extend more than two years beyond the date of the assault. Following an investigation of the claim, the District may change the assault leave status and charge the leave against the employees accrued personal leave or against the employees pay if insufficient accrued personal leave is available.
Notwithstanding any other law, assault leave benefits due to an employee shall be coordinated with temporary income benefits due from workers compensation so the employees total compensation from temporary income benefits and assault leave policy benefits will equal 100 percent of the employees weekly rate of pay.
A District employee is physically assaulted if 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.