Lubbock Cooper ISD To Send Voters Surveys On $30 Million Bond Issue - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/18/05

Lubbock Cooper ISD To Send Voters Surveys On $30 Million Bond Issue

Lubbock Cooper ISD is about to ask voters for nearly $30 million for its next bond issue, but before that happens they want to hear from you. A survey detailing the needed improvements goes out to homeowners in the district next week. They want your opinion on eight projects.

Right now, it's an empty field, but if all goes well, the area near 98th and Frankford will have a brand new elementary school. Lubbock Cooper ISD hopes to build another elementary in time for the 2008 school year.

North Elementary is the newest elementary school. It opened in 2002 and it's already crowded with over 800 students. A survey explaining why they need a new elementary goes out next week.

Lubbock Cooper Superintendent Pat Henderson said the district is growing at rate of nearly 200 students per year. "All of our programs have grown as our population has grown and that creates facility needs in those programs, as well as classroom needs," said Henderson.

Another major issue is an auditorium/ performing arts center for Cooper High School. Right now, they don't have one and they have to use a facility outside the main building.

The survey also addresses classrooms. Right now, the entire district uses 25 portable buildings, five at Cooper High alone. The district proposes a 15 classroom addition at Cooper High. Other proposals include a 12 classroom addition to South Elementary, additional locker rooms, a new agriculture show arena and barn, a new phone system, and a water pipeline which would take water to the district from the city of Lubbock.

All that wears an estimated price tag of $30 million, but Henderson said the projects are imperative to the district's future.

"In talking to the community, they know this is coming. There's a real need here. We're not talking about building something frivolous. These are classrooms, these are facilities for our students and our programs, so it's something that's needed very badly," said Henderson.

The last bond issue in 2001 to build North Elementary was $9 million. Henderson contributes the higher cost of this proposal to increased construction costs.

The district will present the survey results to the board in December.

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