LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Many LISD officials began to tear up after hearing the latest numbers passed the bond by 51% Tuesday night.
Although all of the 38 precincts have reported, there are 1,100 possible votes to be counted. Those are mail in ballots (many of which are from voters in the military) and the provisional ballots that will be counted by November 9th.
The final (unofficial) totals from the Lubbock County Elections Office are:
That's only a 693 vote difference. "We're relieved. We're grateful. We're very excited we are at this point and we're just very appreciative of the voters to be at this point," said James Arnold, LISD Board of Trustees President.
LISD also sent out an official statement saying:
"The needs of our district were well articulated by the volunteers on the 2020 Committee and we are pleased the voters supported this investment in our schools and students. This plan will provide us the means to be more efficient with tax dollars and provide better learning environments on all of our campuses. I recognize that some of the changes will be uncomfortable in the short term, but every student will benefit in the long run.
We are especially indebted to Laura Vinson and Mitch Watson for their leadership over the last 11 months and the host of volunteers who assisted. The administration, board and bond oversight committee will report regularly to the community and ensure every tax dollar is spent wisely and as the voters intended." Dr. Karen Garza, Superintendent
Here's a break down of how the $198 million dollar bond will be split up: $106 million for school and academic improvements including the consolidation of four elementary schools into two. $39 million will go toward arts and athletics. Another $25 million for safety and security including closing campuses for lunch, and $28 million for instructional technology updates.
LISD officials say some of those improvements like the technology will begin right away and could be seen in the classrooms next fall.
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