12News has learned that Fred E. Shafer Jr has been appointed Conservator to the Beaumont Independent School District. Shafer has been serving as a Special Education Monitor of the district since February.

Shafer holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Texas A&I and a Master of Education from Southwest Texas State University

Shafer has worked since 2012 as a Special Education Consultant to School Districts, and previously served as the Director of Special Education to the Katy Independent School District.

He has 36 years of experience including serving as the Coordinator of Special Education for Region 3 ESC, Director of Special Education Services for Region 4 ESC and Executive Director of Special Education, Counseling and Psychological Services for Katy ISD.

As the Region 3 ESC coordinator for Special Education and the Region 4 ESC Director of Special Education Services, he worked with several districts who were in various stages of non-compliance and were required to submit intervention plans.

While serving as Executive Director for Special Education, Counseling and Psychological Services for Katy ISD, he initiated the district and campus based processes to ensure compliance with special education regulations.