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1/12/10

Lubbock Cooper ISD names second middle school after former First Lady

Posted by Karin Slyker | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A new middle school is going up in the Lubbock-Cooper Independent School District, and now administrators have announced a name to go with it: Lubbock-Cooper Laura Welch Bush Middle School.

The board of trustees voted to name the school after the former First Lady of Texas and the United States, in their regular November meeting.

In reaching this decision, the Board was influenced by three major factors:

  1. Mrs. Bush is a former educator, having taught second grade and serving as a campus librarian in the Dallas, Houston and Austin school districts.
  2. During her tenure as First Lady of Texas, Mrs. Bush implemented many initiatives focused on health, education and literacy.  As First Lady of the United States, Mrs. Bush continued her advocacy of literacy and education on a national, as well as, international scale.
  3. Mrs. Bush is a native Texan, having been born and raised in Midland.

When contacted about this naming, Mrs. Bush expressed that she was most honored by this action, and that if their schedules allowed, both she and President Bush would very much like to attend the ribbon cutting/grand opening ceremony when LCISD Laura Welch Bush Middle School opens in August 2011.

This would not be the first time that President and Mrs. Bush have visited Lubbock-Cooper ISD, as they paid a visit to Lubbock-Cooper Intermediate School on October 27, 1998 while Mr. Bush was serving as Governor of Texas.  During his visit to LCISD, Governor Bush praised the district for passing local policies designed to end "social promotion."

Lubbock-Cooper's current middle school will continue to be named Lubbock-Cooper Middle School.

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