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Cold front that will move thru SE Texas Monday afternoon and evening now located near the Arklatex. The front will move thur the area Monday afternoon and evening with scattered storms possible especially as it approaches I-10 during heating. The seabreeze may help iginate a few storms as well as it merges with the front south of I-10 late Monday. ...


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BISD downgraded by investors service due to debt obligations

BEAUMONT - Moody's significantly downgraded the Beaumont Independent School District's general obligation rating Monday and assigned a negative outlook, suggesting it could" further be downgraded.

The downgrade affects its $183.8 million in debt obligations for the district.

The downgrade reflects severe governance problems plaguing BISD, including lack of internal controls, a divided board, as well as allegations of fraud and multiple pending investigations.

KFDM spoke with two BISD trustees for their reaction to the new rating.

"I am not surprised one bit at the downgrading by Moody's with a negative outlook. One of the factors is the dwindling reserves," trustee Mike Neil said.

Neil went on to say: "They commented that the reserves a the end of this budget year could decline to about $23.2 million. Last night we found out that that number could be below $5 million, down from $42 million three years ago. Although the state did cut funding to school districts, BISD has done a horrible job making the needed adjustments to its operations to account for these cuts. That is extremely concerning to me as a trustee and should be to the entire community."

KFDM News also contacted trustee Zenobia Bush, who said: "Am I happy? No, but it's not a poor rating. We just have to make sure that we put things in place to make sure we get on the right track and stay on the right track. I think what we're seeing from the consultant group who has been with us in the last few months has put in a few controls that will help us get back to where we were."


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