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Reaction as TEA takes over BISD
BEAUMONT:By Jennifer Gordy
"We're happy the decision has been made. Is it good news? Not really, because we have damage that we have to recover from this situation,"
says retired CPA and community leader Nathan Cross. Cross confirms his name has been submitted as a candidate for the board of managers that will take over running BISD from the school board.
It's a process State Representative Joe Deshotel says Education Commissioner Michael Williams won't be able to complete overnight,
"He is going to be starting to vet names of individuals that have been submitted and individuals will be submitting their own names to the process."
The Education Commissioner plans to have a Board of Managers and new superintendent in place by June 15th. Business leader Robert Turner's name has also been discussed as a possible candidate for the board of managers.Turner says, "Some intervention had to take place and I think the only way that you can have a fresh start is with a complete takeover. A partial sometimes may work, but we weren't just partially broke. I think we were broke broke."
KFDM spoke with some PTA members outside Regina Howell Elementary School shortly after the announcement. Parent Amy dean told us, "I'm kind of mixed about it. I think with any public school district you want it to be run by locals, but I think there's been so much corruption that someone from the outside had to come take over."
Parent Becki Stewart said, "I'm ready for them to get back to the business of educating our children. I'm ready for change. I'm ready for my children to be able to go on field trips and for teachers to be able to do their jobs and have copy paper."
Jerry Wilkerson lives near the school. He stopped to give us his thoughts. "The thing of it is, it has given the whole city a bad reputation."
Deshotel adds, "It didn't happen overnight. There were a lot of issues and then I think it began to escalate with the recent indictments and recent discovery of missing funds."
Stewart believes a Board of Managers would be able to take control of the district's finances, "I think money will be used where it's supposed to be used and not on frivolous trips, people's personal bank accounts. I think it will be back in our schools where it is supposed to be." Finances one of many key areas awaiting the future BISD Board of Managers.