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BISD board president says district will seek restitution from Calvin Walker

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BEAUMONT -

Beaumont Independent School District electrical contractor Calvin Walker could have to turn over $2 million to the district after all.

In an exclusive interview with 12News Tuesday evening, BISD board president Woodrow Reece said, "I'm going to direct Melody (board attorney Melody Chappell), by the board giving me the power, we're going to go back after the $2 million."

Last year, Walker accepted a deal in which he pleaded guilty to tax violations and was forced to return $3.2 million.

After the government collected its share, $2 million was up for grabs by the district, but up until now, the majority of the board had refused to make the claim, because they would have to acknowledge that Walker knowingly defrauded the district.

Reece said healing is his goal.  He told us, "We've got to have some healing in Beaumont, Texas."

He said that could include not doing business with Walker any longer.  Reece said, "I hear that he doesn't own the company, but someone in his family owns the company, he is a worker of the company.  There are options, in fact, we can stop a contract, we just have to give you 30 day notice."

Reece said he will ask the district's attorney to come to a compromise with the U.S. Attorney's Office. 

He said, "If it is still out there, and it's our money, there's got to be a way that they can release it back to the district."

Reece said the majority of board members don't feel comfortable claiming Walker wronged the district, saying federal charges of over billing BISD were dropped in the plea deal.

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