BISD takes step toward South Park demolition

November 12, 2009 9:58 PM
Ashley Rodrigue

The South Park debate re-ignited tonight as Beaumont ISD took a step toward demolishing the 87-year-old building at the board's monthly meeting.

The Board of Trustees voted six to one for approving a $135,000 bid proposal to tear down the old South Park school.

However, the school's fate is still in legal limbo, as a judge has yet to make a final ruling on whether to grant a permanent injunction protecting the school from demolition.

The Beaumont Heritage Society is seeking the injunction.

Trustee Dr. William Nantz, who placed the item on the agenda, says the proposal was approved in preparation of, quote, whenever we're allowed to demolish it.

Before the vote, several members of the public, on both sides of the debate, shared their views on the item, and the topic, with the board.

A decision from District Judge Bob Wortham, on the future of South Park, is expected by Christmas.

The district says the bid proposal is good for five months, in case the decision takes longer than anticipated.