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BISD appeal brings fear of job cuts
BEAUMONT-By: Leslie Rangel
An editorial has shed light on what some people think is the biggest problem with Beaumont ISD appealing a takeover by the Texas Education Agency.
We've heard from people on both sides.
The night the decision was made Dr. Chargois said he feels the cost to the students would outweigh the cost of the appeal, but a weekend editorial shows there might be more to consider
This letter written last Wednesday shows the district's words to the Texas Education Agency.
The letter clearly says the district opposes any and all decisions made by the commissioner.
We took a look at other districts including El Paso and North Forest ISD who filed similar appeals.
The price tag in legal fees ranged from eighty five thousand dollars up to nearly a million dollars.
Some board members say the appeal is useless, a waste of money and could force the district to make employee cuts.
"If we were rich it would be one thing, but we're down to the bottom of these accounts and every dollar we spend defending ourselves is a dollar that could be going to the education of the kids and I'm just getting tired of this smokescreen of it's all about the kids. The budget will be the interesting things to see how they even try to put a budget together without saying that we're going to cut positions because I don't think we can do that," Mike Neil, BISD trustee said.
Vice president of the Beaumont Teachers Association echoed similar thoughts about job cuts.
"There is the fear that that may happen but at this time we just do not know. Until everything is settled, we will not know exactly what will take place with the personnel of BISD," Sebrina Dollar said.
We tried to reach other board members who voted for the appeal including the board president, we heard back only from board member Woodrow Reece who said he had no comment because it was his day to rest and was not on that thought process.
To have a fair and balanced report, we tried to find others in the community who were close to the district and agreed with the appeal against the commissioner's decision.
We spoke to Calvin Walker, the district's electrician over the phone who told us he was behind the district one hundred percent.
"The commissioner is being biased and one sided. He is listening to only one group of complaints and has linked them all into one," Walker said.
El Paso ISD, who most recently underwent a TEA takeover announced just this week they would be cutting 172 teaching positions.