Beaumont Independent School District
|Beaumont Independent School District|
|Type and location|
|Type||Independent school district|
|Grades||Pre-K through 12|
|Region||ESC Region 5 |
|Superintendent||Vern Butler (interim TEA-appointed superintendent)|
|Schools||40 (2009-10) |
|Students and staff|
|Students||19,893 (2010-11) |
|Teachers||1,442.88 (2009-10)  (on full-time equivalent (FTE) basis)|
|Student-teacher ratio||13.55 (2009-10) |
|Athletic conference||UIL Class 5A Football & Basketball; 4A Football and Basketball |
|TEA District Accountability Rating for 2011||Academically Acceptable|
On April 14, 2014, the Texas Education Agency took over operations of the district, after numerous investigations into district operations. TEA named a conservator to manage the district (who has the authority to overrule the decisions of the current Superintendent); pending district appeals the elected Board of Trustees and Superintendent will be replaced by a Board of Managers, who will manage the district for no more than two years.
On July 14, 2014, the Texas Education Agency under Commissioner Michael L. Williams officially replaced current superintendent and Board of Trustees with an interim Superintendent and Board of Managers. The interim Superintendent is former El Paso Independent School District interim superintendent Vern Butler, and the new Board of Managers will be: A.B. Bernard, Lenny Caballero, Jack Carroll, Joe Domino, Vernice Monroe, James M. Simmons, & Robert Turner.
The current BISD was formed in 1983 as a result of a series of events involving two separate districts: the prior Beaumont Independent School District (founded in 1883) and the neighboring South Park Independent School District (founded in 1891).
During the 1970s and early 1980s, the prior BISD was a majority-minority district (predominantly African-American) while the South Park District was 70 percent Anglo. A 1981 court order mandated integration of the South Park schools.
In response, the Beaumont and South Park districts discussed a merger of the two districts, which was put to a vote in April 1983, but failed. In August 1983, voters in the Beaumont district voted to dissolve the district, which was attached to the South Park district within one week of the vote.
As of the 2010-2011 school year, the appraised valuation of property in the district was $8,788,794,000. The maintenance tax rate was $0.104 and the bond tax rate was $0.027 per $100 of appraised valuation.
In the 2011-2012 school year, the district had 31 schools open.
High Schools (Grades 9–12)
Middle Schools (Grades 6–8)
- King Middle
- Marshall Middle
- Odom Middle
- Smith Middle
- South Park Middle
- Vincent Middle
Elementary Schools (Grades PK/K–5)
- Amelia Elementary
- Bingman Headstart Preschool
- Blanchette Elementary
- Caldwood Elementary
- Charlton-Pollard Elementary
- Curtis Elementary
- Dishman Elementary
- Fehl-Price Elementary
- Fletcher Elementary
- Guess Elementary
- Homer Elementary
- Jones-Clark Elementary
- Lucas Elementary
- Martin Elementary
- Pietzch-MacArthur Elementary
- Regina Howell Elementary
- Southerland Elementary
- O.C. Taylor Center
- Paul A Brown Alternative Center
- Jefferson County Youth Academy
- Pathways Learning Center
The following schools are not listed in the 2011-2012 directory.
- Dunbar Elementary
- Field Elementary
- French Elementary
- Ogden Elementary
- Austin Middle School ( Merged with King Middle)
Dunbar and Ogden combined and made Charlton-Pollard. Fehl and Price combined and made Fehl-Price.
- "Texas School Directory 2012" (PDF). Texas Education Agency. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
- "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for Beaumont ISD". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
- "UIL Alignments". University Interscholastic League. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
- "Texas Accountability System District Ratings for 2004 through 2011". Texas Education Agency. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
- http://www.lbb.state.tx.us/Documents/Publications/School_Performance_Review/700_Beaumont_ISD_Report.pdf Beaumont ISD School Performance Review, Legislative Budget Board, August 2013, p. 9.
- Blue Ribbon Schools Program, Schools Recognized 1982-1983 Through 1999-2002 (PDF)