The bond package will effect every child in this district. Lubbock Independent School Board President Mark Griffin says every campus will be affected by the bond in a significant way.
Here's how, the $98.8 million bond package is broken down in three categories:
Under facilities, Griffin says two new elementary schools are needed in Northwest and Southeast Lubbock because of growth that is expected to cost between $16-$17 million. Also, all four high schools will have to be expanded to fit incoming ninth graders. New science labs and athletic area expansions are also on the list. Plus, the district feels there is a need to build a brand new Arts, Broadcasting and Careers Complex. It would include an auditorium capable of seating 800 people. Bond steering committee members say it would cost $8 million to build.
Under technology, the bond would help pay for new computers, expansion of computer labs, and providing educational teaching tools for every child in the district. For instance, every elementary student would use the AlphaSmart keyboard for school work. "The keyboard can hold eight files. The teacher can upload all the information that comes off the keyboard to one place," says Bill Landis, Technology Director of L.I.S.D.
Finally, under capital projects, 42 campuses throughout the district will be treated with improvements, such as parking lot expansions for teachers, roof replacements, and air conditioning maintenance.
Keep in mind, this bond package will effect your taxes. Griffin says the current bond debt tax you pay is ten cents and it could be raised nine cents, closer the state's average of 19 cents. "We want to give our people the worst case scenario. We wanted to give the tax payers a conservative number while taxpayers make their decision."
Griffin says each job will be prioritized and accomplished over a five year period. An election date has been set for Tuesday, August 24th. Voters must approve all or none of the bond package.