TEA says BISD administrator violated federal regulations

The Texas Education Agency's report released Tuesday does not hold back any punches when it comes to Patricia Lambert, a high-profile administrator at the Beaumont Independent School District.

It accuses her of breaking district policy, but even more alarming, of violating federal regulations when she authorized federal funds be spent on two companies owned by her son Brian Collins.

We first reported this last September that thousands of dollars had gone to Collins' Designergy, a graphics design company.

Our report also showed that Collins charged the district two or three times higher prices than other providers in our region.

Lambert had not properly disclosed her family ties, until her boss Superintendent Timothy Chargois, Ed.D required it two weeks after our report.

But the TEA reports shows Lambert's disclosure was not accurate, nor complete.

She failed to mention her son's second business, Printica, that was also doing business with BISD.

Neither had a vendor contract, yet TEA found Lambert authorized $454,404 to the companies.

The TEA criticizes Chargois for not holding Lambert accountable.

In his response, Chargois claimed Lambert was exempt from filing a conflict of disclosure statement since she was not considered a local government official.

The TEA disagreed.

Lambert has been on extended sick leave since last month, we went by her home for comment.

A man answered the door, and immediately slammed it shut, when he saw it was 12News.

Jefferson County District Attorney Cory Crenshaw who's formed a task force to fight corruption said, "I can assure you that any criminal conduct cited in the TEA report is already know to task force investigators and we will continue to thoroughly investigate and file criminal charges if warranted."

Crenshaw went on to say, "This is a great opportunity to remind the community that those with knowledge of crimes involving BISD should come forward now and speak with task force investigators."


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