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Attorneys seek removal of BISD Board
BEAUMONT-By Jennifer Gordy
Attorneys seeking the removal of the Beaumont school board tell KFDM News a judge is poised to sign the order. The lawyers accuse the board of incompetence and official misconduct.
They say once the Texas Education Agency provides Judge Donald Floyd with the names of a board of managers to replace trustees, he will sign the order.
BISD Trustee Mike Neil says, "I think if he takes us out of power and we can't make any more decisions as a board, then we can't damage the community any more than we already have."
Neil reacting to the texas education agency's pending takeover of the district. The Education Commissioner plans to appoint a board of managers to replace trustees and to appoint a superintendent to replace Doctor Timothy Chargois.
Monday morning attorneys filed a petition with Judge Donald Floyd seeking to immediately remove the board.
The attorneys say Judge Donald Floyd plans to sign the order once he gets a TEA list naming the board of managers. Concerned citizen Stephen Watson says, "I don't know how it's going to go forward, but I do know the teachers and the students who are fighting to protect themselves and to help salvage this district should be encouraged when a local judge agrees that the current trustees are incompetent and have failed to perform their civic duties."
That's what this petition is all about. It seeks the removal of all Beaumont school trustees by claiming their gross incompetence and official misconduct. It cites various violations by the board including financial mismanagement.
Attorney Michael Truncale says, "The judge has it under advisement. One of the things we are doing is working to secure the right people to come in as replacement trustees. That process is underway. It is in conjunction with what's happening with the TEA."
Commissioner Williams says he plans to name a board of managers "fairly soon." Trustee Mike Neil suggests the first action for that board should involve superintendent Dr. Timothy Chargois.
Neil says, "My first action as a board of managers would be to terminate him." Monday night's agenda includes discussion about a proposed separation agreement in which Chargois is asking for more than 244 thousand dollars.
Watson says, "It's an insult to the teachers who are asked to bear the worst of the burden of the mismanagement of the district and then for him to heap hot coals on their head by him asking to benefit buy almost a quarter of a million dollars it's a shame."
The commissioner and the district attorney say the board can't vote on the agreement. because it would cost taxpayers more than 10 thousand dollars.
A decision, like many others in the district, is still on hold.