After Wednesday’s march against EPISD’s planned closure of Beall Elementary, KTSM is revisiting another battle the same group, Familias Unidas del Chamizal, is fighting with the district.
Construction of a district transportation facility near Bowie High School has already started, but the group said they would not give up the fight as they have taken legal action.
“I think as far as the complaint right now it’s still in process the last time our legal assistance checked, it was going through different levels. It’s still pending,” said Villegas.
Back in June 2018, Familias Unidas del Chamizal protested outside of City Hall.
“What happened with Bowie is very much part of our efforts to create awareness and a protection for our community,” said Hilda Villegas with Familias Unidas del Chamizal. “Being in a community that is surrounded by so many sources of pollution is the least appropriate place to put that bus hub.”
The City has always maintained that while facilities like the bus hub are not permitted in a residential zone, the Bowie bus hub is protected under state code. A City of El Paso Planning and Inspections response from 2017 reads as follows
“The El Paso Independent School District has not seen or received a copy or notification of the referenced complaint. The District’s stance on this issue has not changed. EPISD is in compliance with all environmental guidelines needed to move forward with the necessary construction of the transportation hub, and maintains its commitment to use 2015 Penny Swap and Bond 2016 funds to replace its bus fleet with propane-fueled buses that have low impact on the environment. “