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Newly appointed Conservator sits in on first BISD board meeting

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BEAUMONT -

Within hours of Education Commissioner Michael Williams announcing a state takeover of Beaumont Independent School District, Fred Shafer sat in on his first board meeting as the newly appointed Conservator of the district.

Spirits were high in the board room Monday night as many in the community were happy with the news of a state takeover of the district.

But Superintendent Dr. Timothy Chargois was sure to inform the people that he and the Board of Trustees are still the governing body for the district for now. Chargois raised eyebrows after saying Shafer would over see the district but would not interfere.

"I think there is a difference between interfering and being involved," Shafer said in an interview after the meeting.

"I can have discussion with the board if I feel like they are going in the wrong directions," he said.

Chargois told trustees and community members nothing will change in the classrooms. He sent a message to teachers saying not to let anyone take away their ministry which is educating the children.

Shafer expects to return to his position as monitor of the Special Education Department on or before June 15 when a board of managers is set to be seated. Shafer was monitoring that department before being appointed conservator.

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