Lubbock Cooper Unveils Largest Bond Proposal In District's History - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/11/06

Lubbock Cooper Unveils Largest Bond Proposal In District's History

Lubbock Cooper Independent School District will hold it's first meeting Thursday night regarding their largest proposed bond project yet. NewsChannel 11's Suleika Acosta brings us this preview.

The $34 million bond proposal includes another elementary school building, class edition to Cooper South, a performing arts center and an athletic facility. School officials have compiled surveys throughout the district, polling the community on what issues are important to them. At Thursday's meeting they will release that information and present each individual project and costs. At this point, officials estimate about an 18 cent tax rate increase.

"Although this is the largest bond proposal in Cooper's history, it will not be the largest tax increase and the other good news is our tax rate is already so low. We have the second lowest tax rate of any school district in Lubbock County," says Cooper ISD Superintendent Pat Henderson.

The district hopes this bond project will be the answer to another long-time problem. For about three years now, Cooper has had a problem of excessive fluoride in their water. Too much fluoride can cause brown stains on your teeth or health problems like bone disorders. Cooper officials have dealt with the situation with a short term solution by giving students at Cooper South bottled water and fluoride free lunches. Now, they have a long term solution that will be tied to the bond project.

The district plans to spend an estimated $1.5 million on a water pipeline project that will allow them to buy water from the City of Lubbock. "One way or another we'll be constructing at the district's expense a pipeline to bring that water to Woodrow," adds Henderson.

That leaves the district with two choices: they will either build a connection point where the City of Lubbock ends at the Southern boundaries or out to the East where the main Canadian River pipeline runs.

The Lubbock Cooper ISD will hold a public hearing over the bond issue Thursday night at 7 p.m. at the Cooper High School cafeteria.

These are the projects that will discussed at Thursday night's meeting.

  • New elementary school ( 750 student capacity). The facility would be built at Frankford Avenue & 98th Street.
  • A 15-classroom addition to Cooper High School
  • A performing arts center at the high school. This would include an 800 seat auditorium, a new band hall, a choir room, and a theater arts classroom.
  • A 12-classroom addition to Cooper South Elementary to accommodate 5th graders.
  • Water pipeline to transport water purchased from the City of Lubbock to the campuses located at Woodrow.
  • Renovations to Lubbock Cooper Junior High, converting several classrooms to science labs and building a covered walkway from the "old" intermediate to the junior high. The junior high will occupy both of these buildings. The intermediate campus has been phased out with the 5th grade being moved back to the elementary level and the 6th grade being moved back to the junior high level
  • Athletic field house, locker rooms, all-purpose
  • Agricultural show barn
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