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KFDM News learns attorneys have filed motion to remove BISD board members for incompetence and stop Monday night's vote on Chargois separating agreement
JEFFERSON COUNTY - by Jennifer Gordy and Scott Lawrence
KFDM News has learned Beaumont attorneys Michael Truncale, Michael Getz and other counsel have filed a motion seeking to temporarily suspend Beaumont school board members on grounds of incompetence and official misconduct, and appoint others in their place, a move aimed at preventing a vote on a separation agreement with the BISD superintendent, pending a court hearing.
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The motion was filed Monday morning. It's in Judge Donald Floyd's court.
The motion lists Pam Shelander and Donna Forgas as plaintiffs.
The filing takes issue with the possibility the board would pay $300,000 to a Houston law firm that's been working on the district's appeal of a state takeover, and with the separation agreement that calls for Dr. Timothy Chargois, the BISD superintendent, to receive nearly $250,000 at a time when the district is facing a $25 million shortfall.
In part, the motion states, "While one would think that the decision by Judge Yelonosky which was issued a mere 10 days ago on June 20, 2014 would convince BISD of the folly of continuing to fight against the TEA mandated takeover by a Board of Managers, the board of trustees have decided to double down with equal measures of arrogance and hubris."
The motion says a vote on a Voluntary Separation Agreement would run the risk of violating state law because there's no cash available to pay it.