Beaumont Independent School District elections (2013)

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2013 Beaumont Independent School District Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional measures
External links
References
See also
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Beaumont Independent School District
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Three seats on the Beaumont Independent School District board were scheduled to be up for countywide election in 2013, covering Districts 4, 6, and 7. On October 21, 2013, Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, canceled the election following a lengthy battle with plaintiffs whom accused the board of rigging the election process.[1] It is still unclear when the election for those seats will be held.

About the district

See also: Beaumont Independent School District, Texas
Beaumont Independent School District is located in Jefferson County, TX
Beaumont Independent School District is located in Beaumont, Texas. It is a city in and county seat of Jefferson County, Texas. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, it is home to 118,228 residents.[2] It is near the southeastern border of Texas and Louisiana, and the citywide district encompasses 153.34 square miles.

Demographics

Beaumont outperformed the rest of Texas with regards to graduation rate, but under performed in regards to average household income and poverty rate in 2011. The graduation rate in Beaumont was 83.0% compared to 80.4% statewide. The US Census found that the average household income in Beaumont was $40,283 compared to $50,920 for Texas. Beaumont had a poverty rate of 21.6% in 2011, while Texas was 17.0%.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2010[2]
Race Beaumont City (%) Texas (%)
White 39.8 70.4
Black or African American 47.3 11.8
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.7
Asian 3.3 3.8
Two or More Races 2.0 2.7
Hispanic or Latino 13.4 37.6

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[3]

Method of board member selection

The seven members of the Beaumont Independent School District are elected by district to serve three-year terms. The board, along with the parties involved in the court case, are in the process of rescheduling the election.

What was at stake?

Three seats on the board were scheduled up for election on November 5, 2013 following a controversy that accused the current board members of rigging the election process to enable them to keep their seats. The plaintiffs — three candidates that filed for the original election in May — alleged the current board failed to properly re-divide the voting districts before an upcoming election. On October 21, 2013, Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, canceled the election following a request from BISD.[4]

Case background

The board member election was originally scheduled for May 11, 2013, however a redistricting controversy postponed the election until November. Law states that Texas school boards may only hold elections in the spring of an odd-numbered year or the fall of an even-numbered year unless a court orders it. As of August 1, 2013, the D.C. District court had yet to make a decision.[5] After two hearings on the matter, Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, issued a ruling on Sept. 24, which stated that the board’s decision to hold the election on Nov. 5 was just. Following this ruling, the plaintiffs filed a notice of accelerated appeal.[6] Judge Floyd made his final decision on October 21, 2013, following a request from BISD.

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Beaumont Independent School District election in 2013:[7]

Deadline Event
July 27, 2013 First day for filing nominating petitions
August 26, 2013 Last day to file nominating petitions
November 5, 2013 Election day

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