Beaumont mother accuses Central Medical Magnet High School administrators of extortion

A Beaumont mother believes she has been scammed by administrators at Central Medical Magnet High School.  This after she had to pay $1,500 for a course before her daughter was allowed to receive her diploma.

She has since learned that not all students were required to pay.

The woman did not want to be identified fearing retaliation from the Beaumont Independent School District, so for this report, we will call her "Mary".

Mary's daughter had enrolled in class at Central offered through a partnership with the University of Texas at Austin.  Chembridge would allow her to not only get high school advanced science credit, but also college credit.

Central administrators told Mary she had to pay $2,000 for the two semesters before her daughter could get her diploma, but Mary says she didn't have that amount.

She said, "I tried to contact the principal at the time, which was Ms. (Patricia) Lambert, and she would not return my calls."

Mary even went to superintendent, Timothy Chargois, Ed.D.  She says he told her there was no choice but to pay.

Mary told us, "I don't understand why some kids had to pay and some kids didn't have to pay."

So we checked with Beaumont Independent School District spokesperson Nakisha Myles who told us a student can opt to take similar science classes, but not receive dual credit, and they don't have to pay a fee.  However we've talked to the parents of three students who chose dual credit courses, and they did not have to pay a cent.  It turns out they were the children of BISD staff members.

Mary had to take a loan out to pay the money, but she could not get the full $2,000.

Mary could only pay $1,500, and Central accepted it and let her daughter graduate.   Mary says their quick acceptance, even though she didn't have the full amount, shows they only cared about the money and didn't really have consistent guidelines.

Another red flag is that Mary had to make the money order to a Central High administrator, not BISD.  Myles also told us that the cost of Chembridge was $400 per semester.

Mary told us, "Somebody is keeping money, the money went somewhere, the extra money went somewhere."


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