Central HS teacher on paid leave amid theft investigation

BEAUMONT - 12News has confirmed that a Central High School employee has been placed on administrative leave amid an investigation.

Beaumont ISD spokesperson Nakisha Burns told 12News that Special Education Teacher Alisa Boutte was placed on leave pending the investigation.

A source that spoke to 12News said that it was discovered that funds relating to the Central High School’s flag girls turned up missing.  The district spokesperson said this is only an allegation until the investigation is complete.

The parent said that Boutte did return $1,400, but could not account for the remainder of the funds.

"They loved her, they trusted her, they didn't expect this to happen.” That’s what one parent said after learning that Boutte was placed on administrative leave.

Eight other parents for Central’s Sassy Silk flag team paid $550 for new uniforms, and only ended up with a new pair of boots.

“She said that she had made the order, they were on the way. The volunteer sponsor came to another parent and stated, you know, ‘I don’t think the uniforms have been ordered,’” the parent told us.

Brenda Hasley’s name is on the receipts, but according to the parent, Hasley has denied signing them.

“Miss Hasley stated had no idea that she had no idea she was signing her name,” the parent said.

According to the parent, principal Ronald Jackson said in a Saturday meeting the team would get the uniforms.

“I just want my daughter and the rest of the girls to get what they paid for and to  be able to dance and enjoy their time on the field,” she said.

Beaumont ISD’s internal audit department will lead the investigation.

Ms. Boutte will remain on paid leave until the investigation is over.

NOTE: A previous version of this story stated that Brenda Hasley's name was on checks. Hasley's name has only appeared on receipts. 12News regrets the error.

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