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LULAC, citizens call for BISD Superintendent's resignation

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A crowd of more than 50 parents, grandparents, and concerned citizens gathered outside the Beaumont Independent School District Administration building Wednesday afternoon, cheering on Roberto Flores as he made a call for action.

"We formally call upon Timothy Chargois to voluntarily resign his position of Superintendent of BISD," Flores told the crowd, which then erupted in applause.

Flores is the president of the Beaumont chapter of LULAC, the League of United Latin American Citizens. He believes BISD has ignored the concerns of the Hispanic community during Chargois' time in office.

"It just takes a community to finally say 'enough is enough', that's all there is to it," said Flores.

Susan Gonzalez feels the same way. She stood with her 6-year-old daughter Valerie, holding a sign that says "You failed me, BISD".

"The students aren't getting what they're needing from the teachers, or the teachers that they have aren't certified, so they're really lacking in the education that they're providing," Gonzalez said.

Last week the Texas Education Agency released a scathing report of its findings in an investigation of BISD, stating the Superintendent failed to manage day-to-day operations of the district, such as implementing measures to protect it from fraud and abuse.

"I'm a taxpayer, and every taxpayer in Beaumont, Texas needs to be very concerned about what is happening in this district," said Pat Mayes, one of the rally attendees.

Although several people at the rally held signs reading "Resign Now", it's unclear what action, if any, Chargois plans to take.

"I doubt that he is leaning towards resigning, I think he's going to have to be taken out kicking and screaming," said Beaumont ISD Trustee Mike Neil.

Superintendent Chargois could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

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