Two large South Plains school districts are asking voters to approve bond packages.
Earlier this month, we told you about Lubbock-Cooper ISD's proposal, something the superintendent said is necessary because of their tremendous growth in student population.
Frenship ISD's superintendent said growth is the number reason behind their $85.2 million proposal as well.
Frenship ISD Superintendent Doctor David Vroonland said the capacity of Frenship High School is 2,550 students.
"In four years without any further growth, we will exceed that capacity," Dr. Vroonland said.
The bond proposal includes a new ninth grade center, which would be constructed right across the street from the existing high school. It also includes a new elementary school in the south.
"Bennett is already at capacity, Crestview will be there shortly, as will Oak Ridge, so we need something in the south to manage that growth," Dr. Vroonland said.
He said they estimate the elementary school would sustain the district about seven years, the ninth grade center about 10 to 15 years.
According to the City of Lubbock's Director of Planning, there is a slow growth and new development to the west and north of the city, however the fastest growth is south and southwest.
"That growth is very helpful for managing our student growth because the demands of the student growth frankly are coming faster than our than value growth is coming, which is what creates the property tax needs as well as the structures. So, the more commercial you have in your district, the better off you are in terms of managing that growth," Dr. Vroonland said.
State law does not allow the school property tax rate to exceed $1.54.
So, how long would you pay that increased rate?
"It's all very dependent on those value growths and so I am always very hesitant to say, but based on our projections, not very long," Dr. Vroonland said.
If the bond does not pass, Dr. Vroonland said they would probably have to use portable buildings.
If the bond does pass, they estimate the new elementary school would open in 2016 and the ninth grade campus would open a year later.
The district will open their seventh elementary school this fall; money for that campus came from the 2007 bond.
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