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BISD troubles take back seat for many at graduations

Updated: Sunday, June 8 2014, 12:09 AM CDT

BEAUMONT - by Lauren Huet


More than one thousand Beaumont high school seniors walked across the
stage today. Although the Beaumont Independent School District is
facing pending layoffs of up to 300 employees and a legal battle with
the Texas Education Agency, parents tell us today is all about the
graduates.


Parents, relatives, and friends streamed into the Montagne Center for
West Brook High School's graduation. All are proud of their graduate.


"He got a full scholarship to John Brown, and so we're proud of him,
and he's graduating with honors," said Raquel Segura, proud of her
graduating nephew.


"It's strange, can't believe the time has flown so fast, but we're very proud of her," said April Little about her daughter.


"I'm so excited that it's over!" laughed Laniece Sollock, whose son graduated today.


Just yesterday, BISD Superintendent Dr. Timothy Chargois sat in a
Texas Education Agency hearing in Austin. Today, he congratulated
graduating seniors.


"So at this time I do hereby declare you as graduates of West Brook
High School. God  bless," said Dr. Chargois to the graduating class. 


Some parents say recent controversy surrounding BISD is still on their minds.


"I do. I think it's kind of discouraging what's going on, it just makes me even more glad that mine is  done," said Sollock.


"I don't think it's overshadowing the graduation, not for us," said
Little, "but it is something that we think about,  and we talk about,
and we are concerned about it. And we have younger kids in BISD so we
are concerned  about it yes."


But parents and relatives say the controversy can't touch what today is all about.


"Not at all, I think it's all about the kids and their futures," said
James Segura. "All the stuff that's going on with the  community as far
as the school district, I think it's mainly about the kids now and
their future. So, I  don't think it has any effect at all on the
graduation."


"Came to enjoy the day and support our daughter and happy for her and all those other graduates," said Bill Little.


Nearly 1,300 Beaumont high schoolers graduated today. BISD reports
graduates have been offered more than 20 million dollars in scholarships
to attend universities across the country.

BISD troubles take back seat for many at graduations


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