In 2010, Lubbock passed a $198 million bond measure approving new construction for the Lubbock Independent School District. Now, three years later, that construction is well underway.
New cafeterias in three high schools; new locker rooms and updates to Plains Capital football and track field; and in two weeks, the demolition of Murfee Elementary - all thanks to the support of Lubbock taxpayers.
"It has been a huge help in giving us an opportunity to provide a more safe and secure environment for our students by closing campuses at lunch. Lots of academic needs met, as well, " said Nancy Sharp, Director of Community Relations for the district.
She said closed campuses are something LISD has been studying for a long time and wanted to implement for student safety.
"One parent made a comment that 'It's the only hour during the day I have no idea where my child is' because there was a real lack of accountability. We've found that after doing some research, we were one of the very largest school districts in the state that still had an open campus lunch," Sharp said.
Lubbock, Coronado and Monterey will get new cafeterias in the fall. Each will be able to accommodate 800 students during one lunch period and will feature seven different food lines. Students in the cafeteria will now be able to watch flat screen TVs during lunch and have comfortable seating areas, giving it more of a college feel.
Although students won't be able to leave during lunch, they'll still have plenty of choices - companies like Pizza Hut, Chick-fil-a and Red Mango have all agreed to serve food on campus.
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