UPDATE: The Beaumont Independent School District Board of Trustees this morning voted to authorize the district's attorneys to ask Judge Donald Floyd to approve canceling the November 5 trustee election.


Despite a Ninth Court of Appeals ruling that the Beaumont Independent School District November 5 election is illegal, early voting starts Monday.

172nd Civil district Court Judge Donald J. Floyd in September ruled that the school district could go forward with a November 5 election under a seven single-member district plan. But last Thursday, the Ninth Court of Appeals overruled the lower court saying the seven single-member district plan election would be illegal.

Three seats are up for election, but only one is contested. That's District 7 Incumbent Janice Brassard. She is being challenged by Joey Hilliard.

Early voting is to continue unless the election is canceled.

Changes could develop in the early morning hours Monday as trustees are scheduled to meet.

Trustees will vote to get permission from Judge Floyd's court to cancel the election.

They will also vote to ask the court to reschedule the election under a different plan.

Thursday's ruling made it clear the board must follow a five single-member, two at-large seat plan rather than the seven single-member plan. So trustees will also vote Monday to ask their attorney and a demographer to work on a 5/2 election map.

The meeting will be at 7:45 a.m. in the administration building.