The PJ Tatler

Why is a Beaumont school district employee driving a $62k school-issued truck?

I don’t know the why, but the facts aren’t in dispute:

Clifton Guillory was driving a Beaumont ISD-issued Ford F-350 Super Duty King Ranch Edition when a Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputy stopped him Sept. 4.

Guillory is the Beaumont ISD’s transportation director, fwiw. As such, he probably had a say in the district’s decision to purchase that truck. The district’s excuse for owning the truck is…weak.

The truck, according to BISD spokesperson Jessie Haynes, is not a standard-issue vehicle for the district.

“That was one of the replacement vehicles for the old vehicles we had that were not environmentally friendly,” she said.

The 2010 Ford F-350 averages between 14 and 17 miles per gallon on the highway, according to Philpott Motors. The truck boasts a 6.4-liter diesel engine.

The truck boasts a “fancy” package including Bluetooth and a premium stereo.

And by the way, Beaumont ISD employs the highest paid superintendent in the entire state of Texas. Even though Beaumont ISD is nowhere near the state’s largest school district.