Plan to rebuild Murfee Elementary, and $220 million bond election - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/8/10

Plan to rebuild Murfee Elementary, and $220 million bond election

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By Michael Slother| email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Lubbock ISD is considering a plan to rebuild Murfee Elementary School and replace it with a new elementary school capable of holding 650 students or more, KCBD NewsChannel 11 has learned.

"If in fact this materializes, we would move Murfee students to Haynes for about a year and once the new school is built we'll bring them back into Murfee," said LISD Superintendent Karen Garza.

The new elementary would help bring high-tech, local education "into the 21st century." Once completed, students from Haynes Elementary would be moved into the new Murfee. We're told no teachers would lose their jobs.

Murfee and other projects would be paid for with a $220 million bond election that would "touch every school" in the district. Officials have told KCBD, NewsChannel 11 that this bond election would not call for an increase in taxes. 

LISD is about to make final payments on old debts so the new proposal would not increase taxes. Murfee would just be one of many projects on the list. The election could be as early as November 2010 and construction could begin as early as in June of 2011. 

The district met with a certain group of parents Wednesday and Thursday to explain and get feedback. Officials will offer to meet with all parents of the two schools in the coming week.

 LISD School Board Vice President Steve Massengale encouraged concerned parents to call and ask questions. "If you have concerns contact your principal, contact your trustee, all questions are good questions and everyone's here available to answer those questions," he said.

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