AUSTIN – Texas
Commissioner of Education Michael Williams today announced his decision to
appoint a board of managers to oversee the management of the Beaumont
Independent School District (BISD). The Commissioner also announced his intent
to name a new superintendent for the district.
two recent Texas Education Agency investigations into various BISD special
education, finance and governance issues. Based on findings in those reports, Agency
staff recommended to the Commissioner the appointment of a board of managers
and the lowering of the Beaumont ISD accreditation.
“This is a
critical time for the district and its students, as well as for the community
as a whole,” wrote Commissioner Williams in a letter to the current BISD
superintendent and board president. “The
magnitude of the findings, the serious nature of the ongoing and systemic
operating deficiencies facing the district, and the importance of preventing
further harm to the welfare of the Beaumont ISD’s students and to the public
interest compel me to appoint a board of managers at this time.”
will formally announce the names of those serving on the board of managers, as
well as an interim superintendent, at a future date. He is hopeful a board of
managers can stabilize and strengthen BISD, while also focusing on the
education it provides to students.
The board of managers – which
will be comprised of a majority of members from the Beaumont community – will
be responsible for overseeing the management of the Beaumont Independent School
District, including oversight of the district’s efforts to address and correct
identified deficiencies and to implement effective structural and procedural
improvement strategies for long-term, positive change.
Following staff recommendations,
Commissioner Williams has spent the last several weeks speaking with Beaumont
community and business leaders, parents, students and local stakeholders
regarding issues within the district.
The Commissioner utilized that community input before reaching his
“For quite some time
now, local district leadership has had various warnings and multiple
opportunities to address the many troubling issues surrounding the Beaumont
Independent School District,” said Commissioner Williams. “The people of
Beaumont have waited patiently for action, but made it very clear to me that they
are now ready to restore the damaged reputation of their local school district.”
a result of findings in the special education investigation, BISD was assigned
a monitor to oversee special education. Commissioner Williams is escalating that monitor role to
that of a conservator. The conservator will oversee the operations of the
district and ensure the district is taking appropriate measures until a board
of managers is in place.
accreditation of the Beaumont Independent School District will be lowered to
Accredited-Probation. The lowered status has no impact on the validity of high school
diplomas issued by Beaumont ISD, nor does it impact graduates’ ability to gain
The Beaumont Independent
School District may request a record review of the appointment of a board of
managers and its lowered accreditation status, as well as request an
informal review of the conservator
assignment. A request for a record
review and/or an informal review must be submitted in writing and received by the
Texas Education Agency no later than April 24, 2014.
Pending the outcome of
this final review, the board of managers appointment will become effective on
June 15, 2014.
Once in place, the
appointed board of managers will assume all responsibilities of the elected
board of trustees. The board of managers will be in place for up to two years.
A school board election must be called within two years of this appointment.