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More calls for resignation at school board meeting
BEAUMONT - By Justin Hinton, KFDM News
More calls for resignations including one from Trustee Mike Neil to Superintendent Dr. Timothy Chargois took place at Thursday night's regularly scheduled board meeting for the Beaumont school district.
"Well, I knew that I couldnt' bring it up, but they have done things before that weren't on the agenda and I thought maybe they wouldn't know about this either," said Neil.
"He knew that was out of line, but because he had an audience here that would participate and be glad to hear that, he said those things but it was all to cause divisiveness and that's what I continue to say," said Trustee Zenobia Bush.
Bush went on to say that calls for board resignations had little to do with improprieties in the district and more to do with control.
"Until people in my community tell me to step down, I'm not going anywhere unless the commissioner himself says so. But other than that, people that come to these meetings and rant and rave because they don't have control, they can keep doing that," she said.
The large majority of public comment was split between two communities, the black community offering their support for the board and the white community calling for resignations.
Before public comment, Dr. Chargois addressed a number of issues within the district including the hiring of a CFO position.
He said he had conducted phone interviews for the position and should be able to bring a name to the table next week.
The district also introduced the Texas Education monitor for the Special Education Program, Fred Shafer.
He will have access to the improvement plan for the Special Education Program and will make sure that it's being followed.
Doctor Chargois also explained the district will present its response to the TEA's preliminary report on the district's finances Friday afternoon.
We originally reported the district asked for an extension, because that's what we were told by a spokesperson for the agency.
Later, they released a statement, which was confirmed by Dr. Chargois, that the district did not file an extension.
The TEA says when districts are on break, they are usually given extra time to complete their response.
Dr. Chargois said however, the district will be prepared to give its response to the TEA tomorrow, the original deadline, and will hold a press conference to share the response with the public.
The district also hired Plez Atkins as head coach and campus coordinator for Ozen High School.