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BISD teachers say layoffs unfairly burden them, not top administrators

BEAUMONT - The Texas Commissioner of Education and the Texas Education Agency's conservator over the Beaumont Independent School District both made it clear to Superintendent Timothy Chargois, Ed.D that he needed to first cut from central administration, not from classrooms.

But based on the list he just released, teachers accuse Chargois of not following directions.

After receiving harsh community criticism and lectures from board trustees, Chargois got a do-over in coming up with an updated list of job cuts, but teacher Sebrina Dollar is still giving him an "F".

Dollar is the Vice President of the Beaumont Teachers Association, and she's dissected the list.  She's also scoring Chargois low on following directions from Commissioner Michael Williams and Conservator Fred Shafer, who wanted him to cut $2.4 million in administrative staffing.

Teachers say among the so-called administrative cuts are positions that have been vacant, like that of former purchasing director Naomi Lawrence-Lee, who was fired earlier this year.

Also BISD's planetarium director Sharon Rigsby is listed as an administrative cut when school records show this past school year alone Rigsby taught more than 10,000 students at the planetarium.

Dollar said, "She is not an administrator, she's listed on the district level, she is lead planetarium teacher, but she is the only planetarium teacher, without her, we lose the planetarium."

One proposed layoff that seems to match what most in the community are considering an administrative cut is the elimination of embattled communications director Jessie Haynes.  Haynes, herself, confirmed her impending job loss when she emailed fellow staff members of an upcoming BISD job fair.

She wrote, "A number of you may be just like me, job hunting."

Teachers are planning a petition drive at Rogers Park Wednesday afternoon between 4:30 and 6:30.  There's also concern about possible plans to lay off certified In School Suspension teachers, which could increase classes with students who have gotten in trouble greatly and create further hardship.

To help prevent ISS teachers being laid off, just dial (409)291-7792 and text @saveiss.
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