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BISD responds to questions about travel expenses
BEAUMONT - In January, a federal grand jury indicted BISD former chief financial officer Devin McCraney and former BISD comptroller Sharika Allison.
The indictment accuses them of embezzling at least $4 million from the school district. In the same month, BISD Superintendent Dr. Timothy Chargois told trustees the district was facing a possible $4 million budget deficit.
BISD says it's trying to cut costs and save money. One board member says the district could end unnecessary travel, but our KFDM investigation shows the district has continued to spend thousands of dollars on travel expenses.
Below is BISD's response to approving travel expenses:
"During the week of February 3-9, 2014, two major staff development initiatives involving BISD employees were approved and undertaken. Specifically, the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators (TABSE) and the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) conferences were offered to public school employees statewide. While your request related exclusively to the TABSE conference, I have taken the liberty of providing information regarding both. The district sent approximately 43 staff members to the TCEA conference and approximately 23 staff members to the TABSE conference. Registration and travel were arranged and approved in advance. Over the next few weeks, as is the routine, the district will be making decisions on its path forward to reduce costs but still maintain highly effective professional development opportunities for our staff. Professional development is key to meeting student needs and ensuring that staff are maintaining current best practices."