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Guessing game begins about who'll serve on BISD board of managers

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Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams must first wait on whether the Beaumont Independent School District will appeal his decision to take over the school district, before he can appoint a board of managers.

But already, several names are being floated as possible candidates to serve as managers.

Leroy Saleme is one man being mentioned for his experience with BISD having served as the assistant superintendent for finance from 1997 to 2002, and for his relationship with the Texas Education Agency.

Saleme told 12News, "I've served as a monitor and conservator for the Texas Education Agency for the last seven to eight years at several different locations, either charter school or school district work."

Retired Lamar University President Jimmy Simmons has been an early favorite for the board or as an interim superintendent.  However he's already said he could not commit and would have to decline citing family time and his busy schedule teaching music and performing.

A busy schedule is also the reason former Mayor Guy Goodson says he would not be able to take on the duties, but Goodson recommends whoever is chosen should represent the community's diversity.

Robert Turner, who owns the JK Auto dealerships, and was the first African-American chairman of the board for the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, says he would have to do his research before accepting an offer and see what it entails.

He says anyone considering should first talk to the board of managers over the El Paso school district, which was taken over by the state.

Entergy's Joe Domino, who's retiring at the end of the month, says he would give it serious consideration if asked.

And with BISD's financial problems, many are hoping certified public accountant and community leader Nathan Cross will be selected.  Cross says he would be on board.

Two other community leaders, whose names have been mentioned as possible candidates for the board of managers are Pastor John Adolph from Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, and Carlos Hernandez, who owns Carlito's Mexican Restaurant.  We were unable to reach Pastor Adolph for comment, but Hernandez told us he would consider it if offered.

There's also been mention of Port Neches-Groves ISD superintendent Rodney Cavness being appointed interim superintendent.

Cavness says he has not received any official word, but says he's asked daily if he's going to return to BISD. 

Cavness served several years as West Brook High School's principal.

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