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TEA-appointed board president in El Paso visits Beaumont to describe role

BEAUMONT - The man appointed by the Texas Education Agency to head the board of managers of the El Paso ISD spoke Wednesday at a Rotary Club of Beaumont meeting, during which he spoke about the process and offered insight into what Beaumont ISD is now undergoing.


"We're moving ahead but any of us that have dealt in change or cultures whether in the media or private enterprise, it takes three years to change a culture of an organization and we've got maybe a year and a half given where we are," Dee Margo said.


Texas Commissioner of Education, Michael Williams, appointed a board of managers to take over the El Paso school district. The board took its seat in May 2013 and approved a budget the very next month. 


Margo said they are still working through district issues, saying change takes time.


 "We've also got some challenges because the former CFO overestimated average daily attendance numbers, ADA, which is what the state uses to provide you with the revenue," he said.


The 200 people in attendance were hopeful they would receive insight into what could possibly happen with a state takeover of the Beaumont school district, a decision Mayor Becky Ames says was needed after the final report of the district's finances was produced.


"After reading that report," she said, "Yes, after reading that report, I feel like that there's just too many things there. We need to look at it much closer."


The Texas Commissioner of Education, Michael Williams, has ordered a takeover of the Beaumont ISD, including the replacement of the superintendent and the installation of a board of managers to replace trustees, all by June 15, an order BISD is appealing.


 

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