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Sources tell 12News BISD superintendent's resignation could cost taxpayers $200K plus

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BEAUMONT - Sources within the Beaumont Independent School District told 12News that the superintendent's voluntary separation agreement could cost taxpayers more than $200,000.

Timothy Chargois, Ed.D has two years left in his contract, which ends June 30, 2016.

He announced Friday that he would resign October 31 of this year.  Sources told 12News his severance package could total a year's salary, his annual base pay is $215,000, and there is the possibility his car allowance will be included, which could raise the package to about $230,000.

Trustee Tom Neil said, "I don't think Dr. Chargois should be treated any differently than the teachers and administrators whom have lost their jobs.  He should get the same package they are getting."

On Friday, BISD released the names of 113 people who will face proposed termination when the board of trustees votes Monday.

The job cuts are part of the Chargois' proposal to fix the district's financial crisis.

However many teachers say it's just retaliation by BISD against teachers who have spoken out about corruption and mismanagement in the district.

That's why two of the teachers facing layoffs, Nicole Baker and Julie Clinton are holding petition drives to rally support for affected teachers, in hopes of saving jobs.

Many parents are applauding Chargois' decision to resign, but say it should happen now, not in October. Dolly Gardner said, "As a leader it was his job to change this, and he has not."

Trustee Woodrow Reece disagrees.  He said Chargois inherited many of the problems.  Reece said, "He has done a very good job dealing with what he's had to deal with."  And in a statement that could signify the end of BISD's battle to stop a takeover by the Texas Education Agency, Reece said, "We are not just sitting on our hands, as it seems our time is coming to an end."

There are some people on the list of proposed layoffs who are well known in our community.  They include former head football coaches Andrew Washington and Jeff Nelson.  Also embattled Communications Director Jessie Haynes is on that list.

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