BISD board of managers is appalled by STAAR test results, calling them unacceptable

Appalling and unacceptable, those are just two of the words members of the Beaumont Independent School District's board of managers used to describe this past school years STAAR test results.

The managers are demanding an immediate action plan to get them turned around.

One of the managers, Vernice Monroe said she knew BISD had financial problems, but was unaware of the academic situation.

Not only are the majority of scores lower than the regional and state averages, but also worse than BISD's scores the previous year, in some cases there were double digit drops.

The only gains were in sixth grade math and reading, and high school social studies and writing.

Four elementary schools and two middle schools are on the at-risk list.

They are Blanchette, Fehl-Price, Jones-Clark, Pietzsch-MacArthur, Smith and Austin.

Board of managers' president Jimmy Simmons said, "Unacceptable, and that's going to be one of our top priorities to make sure that we do everything within our power to see if we can raise those scores next year."

Monday night, the board also accepted the resignation of superintendent Timothy Chargois, Ed.D, who the board had proposed to fire a week ago.

The board will negotiate his exit package.

The board also hired Vernon Butler as the superintendent at a rate of $15,000 a month ($180,000 annual salary).

Managers also decided to keep the district's planetarium open, and to allow other districts to use it at a charge, that way it can also be a moneymaker for the district.

In saving the planetarium, the board also saved the job of its director Sharon Rigsby.

However, four other administrators were laid off.  They were Communications Director Jessie Haynes, Project Director Lona Alexander-Mitchell, Grant writer Veda Brown and District lead math teacher Jeffrey Nelson.

But because of the number of retirements and resignations, the number of contract employees on the chopping block went down from 221 to just six or seven.  The majority were able to be placed in vacant spots.  Assistant superintendent Dwaine Augustine tells 12News that more than 100 contract employees have resigned or retired.


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