The state's investigation into the Beaumont Independent School District is moving along.
12News has learned that a preliminary investigative report by the division of financial compliance of the Texas Education Agency has been completed and sent to Superintendent Dr. Timothy Chargois, Ed.D, and school board members.
12News obtained a copy of the report. Here are some of the bullet points.
- The board of trustees failed to monitor the district's finances by insuring that the superintendent or his designee implemented internal controls and procedures to protect the district's resources from fraud waste and abuse. This is in violation of the Texas Education Code.
- The superintendent failed to manage the day-to-day operations of the district by not implementing internal controls and procedures to protect the district's resources from fraud waste and abuse.
- The superintendent failed to manage the day-to-day operations of the district by failing to insure that adequate processes and controls were in place to achieve BISD desired results.
- The superintendent failed to monitor the district's purchasing and procurement processes, procedures and activities.
The school district has 10 days to respond to the preliminary report.
The findings do not address all of the complaints TEA received because investigators were denied the opportunity to speak with key staff members in the administrative offices, because these staff members took leave the day after investigators arrived for an on-site visit and remained absent for the rest of the investigators' stay.
BISD executive management summoned BISD staff members who were to be interviewed by TEA investigators and interrogated them in a manner that prohibited cooperation with investigators.
Financial records that were submitted to TEA investigators were incomplete, past submission deadline and were delivered in a haphazard manner.
A spokesperson for the Beaumont Impendent School District issued the following statement:
The Superintendent of Schools and the Board of Trustees of the Beaumont Independent School District have received the confidential preliminary investigatory report from the Texas Education Agency. Given the nature of the report, members of the Board of Trustees were asked to respect the confidentiality and refrain from releasing, discussing verbally or electronically transmitting any and all aspects of the report. The district is currently reviewing the report and will respond to the agency within ten business days. Upon review of the report and acceptance by the TEA, a final revision will then be issued. At that time, the report will be made public. The Beaumont Independent School District and the Texas Education Agency share the common vision of effective and efficient educational outcomes for all students. We will continue to work diligently towards this goal.