BISD seats Zenobia Bush to seat she won in 2017
Beaumont ISD moved a step closer to local control on Thursday when the state-appointed board of managers seated Zenobia Bush to the seat she won re-election to in 2017.
Bush is now one of three trustees who were elected locally. She is the only holdover from the board that was in place when the state took over BISD in 2014. She was joined by supporters for a brief but emotional swearing-in ceremony.
Bush, 68, received a standing ovation as she took her seat on the board, which remains under Texas Education Agency jurisdiction.
The move is part of State Education Commissioner Mike Morath’s plan, announced a year ago, to transition the board to an entirely locally elected group by 2020. The board now includes two state-appointed managers, one state-appointed trustee and three elected trustees, BISD spokeswoman Nakisha Burns said.
The remaining, seventh seat on the board was offered to Tom Noyola, who declined for personal reasons.
Bush was re-elected to the board in 2017 after defeating challengers Kathy Bell-Schexnaider and La’Toyya Twine Ozane for the District 2 seat.
“The reaffirmation from the community shows that they believe that the board was not as corrupt as people were saying, and that the board was not the one responsible for the theft going on in the district,” Bush said in a previous interview shortly after her election. The result “showed the support the community had for me, that’s always pleasing.”
Bush joins board trustees A.B. Bernard, Nathan Cross and Denise Wallace-Spooner and managers Angela Corbin Bransford and Alexandrew Seale.