Settlement money helps former Beaumont ISD student pay tuition

A former Beaumont ISD student is now paying off her college tuition after receiving lawsuit settlement funds from the district.

C’Brionne Hendrix claimed BISD and former Central Medical Magnet High School principal, Patricia Lambert, cost her the title of the Class of 2013 salutatorian.

Hendrix claims Lambert manipulated grades and helped rank students above Hendrix.

The settlement was part of a larger resolution announced at a Beaumont ISD Board of Managers meeting early last month.

The district has also paid her and her attorney a sum of $45,000.

Every summer since graduation, C'Brionne Hendrix has been attending medical research programs.

This summer – one at Princeton University.

She is in her senior year at Prairie View A&M studying Biology.

"It was a long time coming,” said Sharon Hendrix, C’Brionne’s mom. “Three years is a long time … But I think it was a great lesson for both of us about patience and most importantly perseverance ... She didn't let this get her off track. So I was happy that she was able to remain focused ... For the past three years."

With a heavy college work load, C'brionne was not able to talk to us Monday.

Her mom tells us the settlement funds will be used to pay off C'brionne's education.

"This will pay for her entire senior year,” said Sharon Hendrix. “She has several loans that she has had to take out. And hopefully she'll be able to pay those loans off as well."

She said she may never know what scholarships or opportunities her daughter missed out on by not graduating as salutatorian, but she hopes her story reminds parents to stay vigilant.

“If you stay on top of things, if you monitor your students,” said Sharon Hendrix, “then these types of things are detectable."

(© 2016 KBMT)


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