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Community leaders, parents react to potential BISD takeover

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The clouds darken over the Beaumont Independent School District with the latest revelation of a recommended takeover of the school district by the Texas Education Agency leaving some parents in limbo. 

"If that's going to lead to more issues, more rules, more regulations then I don't know. It's too much," Bernice Collins said Tuesday after picking up her child from Austin Middle School. 

But State Representative Joe Deshotel told parents not to worry. 
     
"There's a problem in BISD. But it's not in the classroom," he told 12News in an interview. 

Deshotel said only one thing could wreak havoc on students. That's if Commissioner of Education Michael Williams removed the district's accreditation. 

"I think the commissioner is going to issue the people a statement. I can't speak for him but that accreditation is not in jeopardy. It's not going to follow you to college that someone stole $4 million dollars or you had a crooked comptroller," Deshotel said. 

Meanwhile a takeover is what many community leaders have hoped for since TEA released it's preliminary report. 

Which sparked calls for change from organizations like the League of United Latin American Citizens. 

"The community does not have any confidence in the superintendent or the board of trustees and I believe the solution is outside intervention," LULAC Beaumont Chapter President Roberto Flores.

Critics hope to see the sun shine again on BISD and there could soon be a new face to the district. 

"If it's going to benefit the school I'm all for it. If it's not going to benefit the school or the students then no," Collins said.

Pastor John Adolph with Antioch Missionary Baptist Church gave 12News this statement in response to the recommendation. 

"Our city is hurting for unity, harmony, and synergy. The condition of our district will benefit greatly from the presence of the TEA. I am thankful that the TEA finally decided to take action. We welcome Commissioner Williams to Beaumont. It is my prayer that the proposal given by TEA is the correct one that leads to communal wellness for our school district and our city."

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