Beaumont Independent School District’s Chief Financial Officer Robert Zingelmann announced today, effective Sept. 24, he will become the new chief financial officer for Region 4 Educational Service Center in Houston.
Zingelmann, a West Brook High School graduate who joined the BISD executive cabinet in 2009, replaced the retiring BISD Chief Financial Officer Jane Kingsley. His work at BISD has included managing the district $388.6 million bond construction program as well as the overall financial, food service and maintenance operations of the district. In his new position, Zingelmann’s work will include the financial concerns of the largest Texas educational service center. The Region 4 ESC provides services to 51 school districts, representing more than 1,000,000 students and 79,000 professional educators. The service center provides nationally recognized professional development, technical assistance services, and high-quality, economical products to districts and businesses.
“Congratulations to Robert on his new position. We will definitely miss him around BISD. He handled his work here in BISD in a way that provided us all great confidence in the district’s financial stability. Our finances continued to be secure during a statewide education finance crisis. Our bond projects are almost complete and we have seen improvements all around, including taking BISD purchasing online, increasing operational efficiencies and more. With state and federal recognition for the District’s financial operations, Robert and his team are due kudos for their work. Region 4 will be as blessed by Robert’s skills and warm personality,” said Dr. Timothy B. Chargois, BISD superintendent of schools.
Zingelmann said, “My work here in BISD has been the most challenging and yet rewarding work in my career. I am proud to see the facilities we now have for our children and the resources we have protected and grown for the well-being of all of BISD. This is my hometown and my heart is truly here where much of my family remains. The position at Region 4 is a great opportunity, plus it is just a few miles away. You will still see a lot of me around Beaumont.”
Zingelmann is a native of Beaumont and a veteran of the U.S. Marines where he was a financial analyst and worked in the security force. He was also part of the Operation Southern Watch in the Gulf and Operation Restore Hope in Somalia. Prior to joining BISD, he was the business manager and finance director at Warren and Lago Vista ISDs, respectively. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas and a master’s in business administration from Texas State University.