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Students still fighting BISD for their educational cause
BEAUMONT-By: Leslie Rangel
Students were present at the board meeting, this time in smaller numbers, but no less spirited.
The voice of the students when directed toward the BISD board, was loud and clear.
Numbers were small for the student protest before the meeting.
Students blame miscommunication about Monday's meeting, but are still proud of what they've done.
"We got attention and we got people to notice that something is not right here, and I think without us and TEA takeover would probably not happen," Hope Flores, an Ozen student said.
"Everywhere I go I hear, 'you kids did something in Beaumont that needed to be done for the past decade or so' and that makes me feel proud of myself because I'm a part of something big," Roberto Castillo, another Ozen High student says.
A change like helping pack the board meetings.
Six months ago a crowd like this was unheard of.
"I think we made a difference," Flores said.
Public comment was not allowed before this meeting, students stood in silent protest against the BISD board inside.
"We put a face to the problem when they see our faces they realize hey this is really happening," Flores says.
Some people supporting the board disagree.
"They got good ambition but they got a few more years to mature, are you with me?" Rev. Ransom Halland, a Beaumont Pastor says.
Board supporters say the students have a hidden agenda they're getting from parents.
"The unannounced agenda is to remove the control of the board of trustees from the minority perspective, that's all that is," Arion Reynolds, a Beaumont Pastor said.
No matter what anyone says, or when a board of managers comes in, students say they're not backing down.
"We're still going to be here, we're not going to stop when the board of managers comes in, we'll still be here, we'll just keep an eye on them to make sure they live up to what they're supposed to do," Flores says.
"We did do something and I'm proud of that," Castillo said.