Cooper Bond Public Meeting - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/12/05

Cooper Bond Public Meeting

It's the largest bond amount the Cooper School Board has ever asked for. The list includes eight projects that the board says will better their district.

Almost a third of the $34 million will go toward a new elementary school at the cost of $13 million. There is also money allotted for additions or renovations at the high school, junior high and the existing elementary school. If passed, $2.9 million will be used for a water pipeline and water treatment system. Other projects include: a performing arts center, an athletic field house and an Ag show barn.

About 200 people attended the meeting. Superintendent Pat Henderson outlined the bond issues. The board then listened to reaction from Cooper residents, but everyone who spoke had the same opinion.

"We're going to pay taxes somewhere - I mean its inevitable - out here at least you get your money's worth," said LCISD resident Ronnie Quest.

"We need the buildings, we need the classrooms, we need all of these facilities. We're just growing so fast that we're overcrowded - it's just time to build," said LCISD Superintendent, Pat Henderson.

"This particular bond issue for Lubbock Cooper, and I live in this district, is a great bond issue and we need it desperately to keep up with the growth and the enrollment," said Lubbock City Councilman and LCISD resident, Tom Martin.

There will be two more public hearings before the May bond election.

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