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KFDM learns BISD's Jessie Haynes denied Workers' Compensation claim
BEAUMONT - by Kelli Phillips
KFDM has learned that the Workers' Compensation claim filed by BISD Communications Specialist Jessie Haynes has been denied by the state.
Haynes was involved in an altercation with school board trustee Mike Neil at the August 5 school board meeting when Haynes attempted to block a door to prevent journalist Jerry Jordan from entering an open meeting. Video of the incident shows contact between Neil and Haynes. Haynes later claimed she was assaulted by Neil.
Haynes was charged with a Class B Misdemeanor for Obstruction. She posted bond and is set to go to trial later this year. If convicted Haynes could face up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine. Neil was not charged.
The school district placed Haynes on what it calls assault leave and Haynes has been off work but receiving her full salary since August. District rules say that an employee that is granted assault leave must first file a Workers Compensation claim but Haynes did not file for Workers' Compensation until early 2014. Now, that claim has been denied.
Mike Neil told KFDM, "I'm not surprised TASB denied her claim, although I'm disappointed to find out the way I did. I think her assault leave borders on fraud to begin with and it is a waste of at least $50,000 of taxpayers' money. It is time for Ms. Haynes to come back to the job she is fortunate enough to still have."
KFDM contacted BISD. We were told it was a personnel matter and the district could not comment.
We don't know Haynes' job status or job description.
Stay with KFDM and kfdm.com as we continue to follow this story.