12News has learned the Texas Education Agency has launched a Special Accreditation Investigation of the Beaumont Independent School District.
In an email sent to BISD Superintendent Timothy Chargois and board members Friday, the TEA says they are investigating financial accounting of the district, allegations of improper test administration procedures and concerns about student attendance accounting and an investigation into the special education program.
Former BISD teacher Yvette Griffith says the investigation is the result of a 183-page complaint she filed with the TEA last month. Griffith spoke with 12News at the time, claiming her concerns about cheating within the district were not being addressed.
Friday evening, BISD Communications Director Jessie Haynes issued the following response to the investigation:
Following an in depth, detailed review of the entire operations of the Beaumont Independent School District by the Texas Legislative Review Budget Board and several other investigations over the last few years, leaders at BISD are gearing up energies to deal with one more investigation.
Today, the Texas Education Agency announced it is launching a special accreditation investigation into several areas of operations at BISD.
Superintendent Timothy B. Chargois, just completing his first nine months at the helm of operations at BISD, was informed today that TEA's newest investigation will cover four key areas: financial accounting of contracts and purchasing, student attendance accounting, administration of statewide assessment and the district's special education program. This new investigation apparently stems from something reported to TEA last August.
"BISD will cooperate fully with the TEA investigators. The fact of the matter is that our school district has and will continue to operate in a fiscally sound and professionally upstanding manner that keeps the well-being of our children the main priority. I want to encourage our employees, parents, students and the community at large to persevere with us as they have in the past. Such a process can be burdensome, however, it is something we must endure, and we will gladly provide TEA everything it needs to complete their work. In the meantime, we are continuously working to improve our operations on every front, including Board training, instituting technology for tracking and improving processes, and a variety of academic programs to facilitate improved student achievement," said Chargois.
While all other investigations at BISD have been satisfactorily completed, district officials are expecting a full report of the LBB review of the district's operations before the new school year starts in August. District leaders are hopeful that the TEA process will be completed by then, too.