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Mixed emotions surround final chapter of TEA Takeover of Beaumont I.S.D.

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Dr. Timothy Chargois left Beaumont Independent School District's Administration building Monday appearing defeated, ignoring requests to talk.  His departure follows the biggest upset of his career as Superintendent.

Within the hour the Texas Education Agency announced Dr. Chargois along with the board of trustees would be no more.

"I am ashamed that I was on a board that got us into this situation," Outgoing School Board Trustee Tom Neild said.

Neild and Mike Neil have been the only board members in favor of the appointment of a Board of Managers. Their other five counterparts fought the measure until they couldn't fight anymore. 

Phone calls to outgoing Board President Gwen Ambres and Trustee Woodrow Reece went unanswered Monday. Zenobia Bush has said publicly the appointment of a Board of Managers is disenfranchising voters. 

The majority of the board considered a takeover purely political, not for the good of the children. 

But West Brook student Sonja Beckman argues the opposite saying the district was careless where children were concerned effectively uniting the student body against BISD. 

"Usually we wouldn't be connected because we all go to different schools. Everybody was coming together because they feel the same way about what's been going on with our district and how we don't deserve these kinds of things," Beckman said.

The face of the B.I.S.D. will change but students, parents, teachers and taxpayers say they will stay on top of the incoming Board of Managers hoping history never repeats itself.

The Beaumont Teachers Association issued this statement Monday night.

"The Beaumont Teachers Association is willing to collaborate with the new Board of Managers in hopes of repairing BISD. We want to work together for the best intentions of the students and teachers in our district. We would hope, that with the high number of retirements and resignations that the board of managers would be able to fill the internal vacancies with those who have been placed on the RIF list. We would like for  the new board of managers to open and maintain a line of communication with our association so that we can work together as a team to rebuild Beaumont ISD."


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