Bevil Oaks students released from Beaumont ISD, will attend Hardin-Jefferson


Students living in Bevil Oaks will attend Hardin-Jefferson ISD after the Beaumont school district agreed to release them from its jurisdiction.

Beaumont ISD signed an agreement this week with most of the registered voters in Bevil Oaks, who'd been petitioning for decades to be released from the district.

The agreement was approved Monday by Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath. It sends the Bevil Oaks students and tax dollars from BISD to H-JISD.

"Effective July 1, 2018, students residing in Bevil Oaks become residents of HJISD, title to property owned by BISD within Bevil Oaks will transfer to HJISD, HJISD will assume any BISD bond debt allocated to it by the Jefferson County Commissioners and HJISD assumes jurisdiction of the annexed territory for all other purposes," BISD said in a statement.

The Hardin-Jefferson ISD Board of Trustees voted May 15, 2017 to allow the Bevil Oaks students to attend school there.

Roughly 75 students lived in Bevil Oaks at the end of the 2015-16 school year, around the time the most recent petition was filed.

The order signed my Morath states:

"The educational interests of the current students residing or future students expected to reside in the Affected Territory and in the affected school districts, Beaumont ISD and Hardin-Jefferson ISD, will not be adversely affected if the annexation and detachment is granted."
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