Plans for Legal Action against BISD!!

June 25, 2009
KFDM Channel 6, 6:00 p.m. Broadcast

click here to read the email from Darlene Chodzinski.

Preservation group planning possible legal save for South Park
Ashley Rodrigue
June 25, 2009 - 10:44PM

One of the most controversial projects in Beaumont ISD's $389 million bond package could end up in the courts. On Six news at Six, KFDM first told you about the fight to save South Park Middle School.

It seems the disapproval of this project is pushing past petitions and being put to paper in a court injunction.

According to the district's original timeline, the school is set for demolition at the end of July. On Thursday, the asbestos abatement of the school was fully underway on the second floor, while the bottom floor sat empty, no desks, no decorations.

That fast-approaching deadline prompted a local preservation organization to begin legal action to prevent that demolition.

KFDM obtained a letter written by the Executive Director of the Beaumont Heritage Society outlining the organization's intent to file an injunction against the district. In that letter, Executive Director Darlene Chodzinski writes to a member of the Save South Park Coalition, "The basis of this injunction is that BISD has completely ignored and refused to comment on the fact that there were more than 3,000 signatures on a petition, and, "Prior to the passing of the bond, the district stated, in writing, that they would not tear down South Park."

Chodzinski told KFDM this afternoon that the organization "has dedicated a lot of time over the past few months" to saving South Park.

She said," The Beaumont Heritage Society is committed to its mission of preservation, and this is just one aspect of full filling that mission."

The Beaumont Heritage Society did not have a comment for when it planned to file the injunction. Calls to the offices, homes and cell phones of several BISD administrators, as well as a board member, for comment on this story, were not returned as of news time.