Lubbock Cooper Schools Faces Overcrowding Issues - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/18/05

Lubbock Cooper Schools Faces Overcrowding Issues

Lubbock Cooper School District owns a plot of land on Frankford and 98th Street. The district is talking about building a brand new intermediate and elementary schools as its plan to get back into compliance.

A state law mandates schools to have no more than 22 students per teacher in kindergarten through fourth grade classrooms. The state says it makes for better education.

Lubbock Cooper Superintendent Pat Henderson says all four of North Elementary's fourth grade classrooms are overcrowded by either one or two students. North Elementary opened only three years ago, but is reaching maximum capacity.

Henderson says it's because Lubbock Cooper is the fastest growing district on the South Plains and that 60% of the growth is happening at North Elementary. "We are in the path of the expansion of the city of Lubbock so it's a combination of people finding out about our district," said Henderson.

He says they will add four portable classrooms next school year but the long term plan is to build a brand new elementary school and intermediate schools. How will the district pay for all of this? "We're going to talk about a future bond issue," said Henderson.

He says the district does not know how much bond money they will need, but he did say it took $7 million to build North Elementary three years ago.

You'll have an opportunity to hear solutions on how the district will handle Lubbock Cooper's growth at Monday night forum. It's kicked off with a free fajita dinner at 6:00 followed by the forum at 7:00 at the North Elementary School Gym on 108th Street and Indiana.

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