Beaumont Independent School District

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Beaumont Independent School District
Type and location
Type Independent school district
Grades Pre-K through 12
Region ESC Region 5 [1]
Country USA
Location Beaumont, Texas
District information
Superintendent Vern Butler (interim TEA-appointed superintendent)
Schools 40 (2009-10) [2]
NCES District ID 4809670[2]
Students and staff
Students 19,893 (2010-11) [1]
Teachers 1,442.88 (2009-10) [2] (on full-time equivalent (FTE) basis)
Student-teacher ratio 13.55 (2009-10) [2]
Athletic Conference UIL Class 5A Football & Basketball; 4A Football and Basketball [3]
Other information
TEA District Accountability Rating for 2011 Academically Acceptable[4]
Website Beaumont ISD
Carrol A. "Butch" Thomas Educational Support Center

Beaumont Independent School District is a public school district based in Beaumont, Texas (US). In addition to Beaumont, the district also serves the city of Bevil Oaks.

On April 14, 2014, the Texas Education Agency took over operations of the district, after numerous investigations into district operations.[5] 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. [6] 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. [7]

History[edit]

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 1970's and early 1980's, 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.[8]

Finances[edit]

As of the 2010-2011 school year, the appraised valuation of property in the district was $8,788,794,000. [1] The maintenance tax rate was $0.104 and the bond tax rate was $0.027 per $100 of appraised valuation.[1]


Schools[edit]

In the 2011-2012 school year, the district had 31 schools open.[1]

Regular instructional[edit]

High Schools (Grades 9–12)

Middle Schools (Grades 6–8)

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

Alternative instructional[edit]

  • O.C. Taylor Center
  • Paul A Brown Alternative Center
  • Jefferson County Youth Academy
  • Pathways Learning Center

Closed schools[edit]

The following schools are not listed in the 2011-2012 directory.[1]

  • 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.[citation needed]

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