Petition seeking to stop BISD events center dismissed

David Yates Mar. 19, 2012, 6:41am

In October 2010, the Southeast Texas Record reported on an injunction request brought by three locals in Jefferson County District Court, which sought stop the Beaumont Independent School District from constructing a hotel and events center near its new football stadium.

Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, issued a temporary restraining order against BISD on Oct. 27, the same day the petition was filed by Beaumont residents Sonny Sherman, Chester Sherman and Michael Neil.

Court records show that a notice of dismissal was filed by the plaintiffs on Nov. 21, dismissing BISD and the district's higher ups, including Superintendent Dr. Carrol Thomas.

The plaintiffs had alleged in their petition that the land, according to the 2007 bond election, can only be used for the construction of new school buildings.

In their petition, the plaintiffs alleged BISD misled voter in 2007 by not declaring that they intended on building an events center and hotel with taxpayer money.

On Nov. 8, 2010, Judge Floyd had granted permission to the district to carry on with discussions about possibly building a hotel and events center -- a speculative $50 million project, court records show.

Beaumont attorney Michael Getz represented the plaintiffs.

BISD was represented by Beaumont attorney Melody Chappell.

Case No. E188-690

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