We've told you about the increase of students in both Frenship and Cooper school districts over the last few years. Both continue to experience the effects of Lubbock's growth.
"There's a lot of economic development in our district, spurring people to build in our district and causing us to grow," explains Frenship Superintendent John Thomas. That development caused Frenship ISD's enrollment to skyrocket to nearly 5,700 students this year, an all-time high. Over the last 3 years, the district's grown by 324 students, and Thomas says that growth should continue. "We feel like the widening of Milwaukee will have a tremendous impact on the school district," he says.
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But Frenship isn't the only district with enrollment on the rise, additions to Southwest Lubbock are affecting the Cooper Independent School District. Thom Vines, Deputy Superintendent, says the district has grown by 452 students in the last 3 years, one he attributes to housing developments South of 98th street. "Most of our growth is by far from new construction and families moving into the district," says Vines.
One district not feeling the effects of this growth is the Lubbock Independent School District. Enrollment in LISD is down 530 students over the last 3 years. But District Superintendent Wayne Havens says the district should see numbers increase in the next few years. "We're excited about the growth in Northwest Lubbock, the development over in our Overton neighborhood and growth in Southeast Lubbock."
Superintendents of Frenship and Cooper say plans for expansion of 98th street as well as Milwaukee Avenue will only cause enrollment to continue on the rise.