Beaumont I.S.D. weighs serious options to cut costs

Beaumont Independent School District employees should know soon know if they will be among those laid off on June 17 according to Superintendent Timothy Chargois, Ed.D.

Chargois painted a clearer picture at Thursday's budget board meeting for when employees would be notified if they would be laid off. Employees should know if they have been proposed for termination by June 17.  The board of trustees will vote on the proposals on June 19. 

BISD will host a job fair on June 24 for those affected by the layoffs. 

Trustee Mike Neil made it clear Thursday that he is at his wit's end when it comes to the financial mismanagement in the district. He places much of the fault on the Superintendent for spending at least $15 million not approved by the board of trustees.  

"I have asked you meeting after meeting and we've heard crickets. It will be a cold day in hell before I give you another penny. I'm only one vote but you have screwed this district and screwed these people," Neil said to Chargois at the meeting. 

Options were thrown out to save the district money and most of all, save teachers' jobs.  Currently the district has spent almost $1 million on administrative travel. Neil suggested eliminating the cost and forcing employees to pay their own travel.  

An option on the table is to eliminate the head start program but no trustee was in favor of the idea.  

To possibly cut the number of employees facing layoffs, Chargois says he is open to the idea of cutting pay across the entire district by three to five percent.  

A possible savings of up to $6 million. Something the administration is also suggesting is making employees pay higher insurance premiums.  
Coupled altogether, Trustee Janice Brassard said she would not agree to it. And would rather see deep cuts in administration first.  

"With the insurance increase plus the three percent pay cut because that's about $5,000. I can't afford to lose $5," Sabrina Dollar with Beaumont Teachers' Association said. 


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