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Teachers react to Dr. Chargois' proposed separation agreement
BEAUMONT - by Lauren Huet
KFDM News obtained a copy of BISD Superintendent Dr. Timothy Chargois' proposed voluntary separation agreement. In it, Chargois is asking for a settlement payment of almost a quarter of a million dollars. BISD teachers who are in the midst of being laid off due to the district's financial troubles are upset.
BISD teachers and other concerned citizens petitioned at Roger's Park Saturday afternoon. Drivers lined up to sign the "drive-through petitions."
"One is to stop the appeal, stop the RIF, stop all this nonsense that we keep having to endure," said West Brook High School teacher Julie Clinton.
The other petition is to save BISD's In School Suspension program.
Clinton was notified this week that she is a part of the district's reduction in force (RIF). She's not alone. Many teachers at the event received calls and emails this week notifying them they were part of the reduction in force.
"I was just so shocked and appalled," said BISD teacher Ashli Feacher. "I was just like, 'oh my gosh what am I going to do?'"
"And then he resigns and asks for a severance? I'd like to get mine," said BISD teacher Mike Renfro.
They're angry Chargois is asking for $244,839 as part of his voluntary separation agreement.
"It is almost a direct slap in the face that makes us think that he is trying to get out of this position with a monetary suplement," said Clinton.
"First off, we don't have any money in the district so, I don't think he needs any type of settlement at all. He should have been resigned," said Feacher.
"If he wants to leave he needs to just leave," said BISD School Board Member Mike Neil. "I mean he's going to be booted out in about three weeks anyway. So, this is nothing more than him trying to make more money out of the deal."
Neil says it's shocking.
"No, I don't agree with it at all. We just did a financial exigency, we're unemploying teachers and employees with contracts," said Neil, "and we're not extending them a year's pay, we're asking them to leave with no pay."
In the meantime, these teachers will keep petitioning.
BISD Board Member Woodrow Reece says he doesn't think Dr. Chargois is asking too much because he has more than a year left on his contract. He says, "Dr. Chargois has a contract. . .and I think it would only be fair and right to consider the payout that he may seek."
The board is expected to vote on Dr. Chargois' separation agreement on Monday.
Click the following link to see a copy of the proposed voluntary separation agreement.
Voluntary separation agreement