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Teachers uncertain what BISD takeover means
BEAUMONT-By: Leslie Rangel
Beaumont School District students and staff have completed their first full day under the control of the Texas Education Agency.
The Commissioner approved a state takeover because of what the agency calls poor financial management and the public's loss of trust.
By June 15th, he will appoint a new superintendent and replace trustees with a board of managers for up to two years.
Some members of the Beaumont Teachers Association are worried about what a takeover means for educators.
"Uncertainty, something that is uncertain, not dependable, not definite, not definitely known, not sure," Sebrina Dollar, the vice president of the Beaumont Teachers Association says.
A definition this kindergarten teacher says, perfectly describes the Beaumont School District.
"Let's face it, we don't' how, what is going to happen," Dollar said.
Texas Education Agency commissioner Michael Williams says new people will fill these seats by June 15th.
It's what comes next that concerns educators like Dollar.
"Will business carry on as usual like Dr. Chargois said last night, or are they going to come and play fruit basket turnover," Dollar asked.
What she means by that, is will the new managers cut employees to reduce spending.
"I think that's the biggest fear is job security," Dollar said.
She tried to get answers from the commissioner during his teleconference.
"I did have the question in the cue but the conference call ended before they could get to my questions, exactly how would the teachers and staff be affected by a board of managers takeover," Dollar said.
No answers from the commissioner yet and still more questions.
"What does this mean for us? And that's the $64,000 question at the moment, no one can seem to explain to us exactly what it means," Dollar said.
A definition of uncertainty that has some teachers wondering what comes next.
Dollar has been in contact with teachers from El Paso, a district the state recently took over.
They told her to remain informed and try to get the state to put people with experience in education on the board of managers.