Eastwood High School Redo Could Completely Change El Paso Neighborhood
Voters in the Ysleta Independent School District will go to the polls this November to decide on an almost half-billion dollar bond election, which includes a huge construction project on one of the district’s premiere high schools.
YISD is an open enrollment district, which means students from out of district can enroll, but six out of seven YISD high schools are at 75% capacity or lower. Eastwood High School is over-capacity with 30% of their student population coming from outside the district. The state gives YISD money to educate those students, but their parents don’t pay district property taxes.
Now, voters will have to decide if it is worth $94 million to pay for a three-story Eastwood High School. YISD officials say they will not change their open enrollment policy.
The problem with building a three-story high school is the number of cars that will introduce into the neighborhood. Traffic around McRae and Montwood is already a major headache during all hours of the school year. Adding more students to that mix will only cause more problems for not only people who live in the neighborhood, but residents of that part of town who use other neighborhood streets to avoid the area around Eastwood High School at all costs.
Patricia Ayala, YISD Public Relations Director, says there is no plan for a parking structure, but if the bond passes, the district will be required to "hire a traffic engineer to provide a Traffic Impact Analysis as it relates to proposed site circulation and parking improvements."