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Citizens rally support for BISD administrator who says she faced retaliation for being a whistleblower

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A Beaumont Independent School District assistant principal is vowing to get justice after she claims she was demoted for being a whistleblower.

Sharon Hendrix had been the second in command at Central Medical Magnet High School.

But last year, when she accused Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools Patricia Lambert of manipulating grades to cheat Hendrix's daughter C'Brionne out of being the school's salutatorian, Hendrix claims Lambert demoted her.

Hendrix was placed at Pathways Learning Center, which is BISD's alternative school, as assistant principal.

Hendrix believes it was retaliation for her reporting the allegation concerning her daughter to the Texas Education Agency.

Superintendent Dr. Timothy Chargois did not believe Hendrix' accusations were valid and Thursday night at the BISD board meeting, the majority of the board agreed with him.

Despite the loss, Hendrix says she's grateful for the support she received from many citizens who even held up signs that read, "Justice for Sharon Hendrix".

Hendrix said, "I'm an educator for life, and I've been one for 34 years, and I'm going to keep pushing forward for our children."

We asked Lambert for a response to Hendrix's accusation, she referred us to the superintendent.

She said, "I'm a peon, I get blamed for everything, but you have to talk to Dr. Chargois about this."

Chargois told us he could not talk about personnel matters.

Also at the meeting, many citizens got up to demand accountability from Chargois.

They blamed him for the state of the district, and asked for his resignation.

The meeting happened on the same day that two former district financial officers, Devin McCraney and Sharika Allison, made their first court appearances.

Both are accused of stealing $4 million from BISD, and are charged with one county of conspiracy and 18 counts of fraud.

Among those who spoke at Thursday night's board meeting were three teachers, who told Chargois and the board that they and the children are paying the price for the misdeeds of the people at the top.

They said that it's hard to stomach paying higher health insurance premiums and having to buy their own classroom supplies, in addition to not getting raises or bonuses, while two top district officials are accused of embezzling.

Chargois told 12News he's also mad about the situation.  He said, "I'm angry and upset, frustrated that this has happened to us, to our children, to our community, and of course I want every red cent back in our coffers."

In our interview with him after the board meeting, Chargois went on to say, "I believe that I was appointed and anointed to be here at this particular time."

 

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