Across the state, schools anticipate large budget cuts. Still, Lubbock Independent School District is making improvements that they said will save money in the long run.
Despite the potential $20.6 million dollar budget cut from Austin, LISD is still able to use millions to make improvements. That's due to bonds approved by voters back in November. And that money can only be used for specific purposes like fixing athletic fields, not to save jobs.
"That money cannot be used for anything except for renovation to schools, building new schools, technology, buses, only very specific items. It cannot be used for salaries or the cost of operation," said Dr. Karen Garza, Lubbock Independent School District Superintendent.
LISD feels the pressure from the capital, but the $198 million dollars passed in bonds, by law cannot be used to make up for cuts affecting programs or jobs.
"The two cannot be intermingled. So we cannot use the bond money to offset any kind of reductions that might happen at the state level," said Garza.
Superintendent Karen Garza said they are very lucky to have money to make enhancements and stay competitive, despite state funding challenges.
"Whatever happens at the state level, it will have no bearing or impact," said Garza.
Earlier this year the first bonds were sold totaling $45 million dollars. Those will take four to five years to implement, according to Garza.
"Part of that will be for the technology. And the board will very soon approve the expenditure of that money for new computers for all the teachers in the district, as well as replacement computers for students," said Garza.
The bonds will also go toward consolidating four schools into two, which the district said will save money.
"A good part of that was consolidation of two campuses that needed a lot of work into one brand new building. And that will save our tax payers dollars over time," said Garza.
LISD said additional campus improvements will also save money, helping to ease the impact of cuts they face.
"Replacing some of our air conditioning will save us money, replacing some of our light fixtures will also save us money in regards to cutting back on electrical costs," said Garza.
LISD said they will also save money on maintenance costs by installing astro turf on their football fields, which they said will last 8 to 10 years.
These millions dollar projects will still be no cost to tax payers.
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