BISD trustees who sued district agree to nonsuit attorney

By David Yates | Jul 26, 2012

A pair of Beaumont Independent School District trustees have agreed to nonsuit the attorney who handled the contract hiring of new superintendent Timothy Chargois.

As previously reprted, trustees Tom Neild and Mike Neil filed a petition for an injunction against BISD and Beaumont attorney Tanner Hunt of Wells, Peyton, Greenberg and Hunt on May 16 in Jefferson County District Court, seeking contract information regarding the hiring of Chargois.

On July 24 a Rule 11 agreement letter was filed in the case, stating the plaintiffs agree to nonsuit Hunt if he consents to withdraw any claims for fees and costs, court records show.

The petition alleges Hunt, who was retained by BISD to handle negotiations with Chargois, violated the trustees' rights by not providing them with documents concerning Chargois' employment contract.

During the negotiations, the board took the stance that any salary increase would be the board's decision and not part of the contract, due to the "wide-spread public dissatisfaction" with BISD Superintendent Carrol Thomas' contract, which "resulted in automatic salary increases and the largest salary of any superintendent in the state of Texas," the suit states.

Channel 6 News broke a story that the May 1 agreement executed between Chargois and the district contained a provision for automatic salary increases.

Beaumont attorney Michael Getz represents the plaintiffs.

Germer Gertz attorney Larry Simmons of Beaumont represents Hunt.

Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. D192-449

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