On Sunday, January 11, the community of Lockney experienced a devastating fire that destroyed the high school. Since the fire, school officials have faced enormous challenges that have included securing temporary classroom space, textbooks, and other basic instructional supplies.
Many have done much to assist the school district in this endeavor. The community of Lockney, surrounding communities, school districts and others have joined together to assist the school district in this time of need.
Mr. Phil Cotham, Superintendent of Lockney ISD, has stated, "The people of Lockney are overwhelmed by the generosity and support given to the community. With the assistance of donations, our school has temporary classrooms in place, supplies have been provided, and everyone can be assured that teachers are teaching and students are learning."
In Lockney's quest to rebuild their high school, a great many things must occur. The entire process of building a new school may take as much as two years. During this time, Lockney ISD must have funds necessary to provide them with the flexibility to meet the needs of students and teachers.
So many people have asked how they can contribute to Lockney ISD's effort to rebuild their high school. A fund raising campaign will be conducted to assist Lockney ISD in that endeavor. Superintendent Phil Cotham and representatives from the Lockney community will be present at the press conference for remarks and to accept a check for $20,000 from City Bank, Texas.
Cory Newsom, President and CEO of City Bank states, "We know how important schools are to every community; we want to make this contribution as a symbol of that importance and hope others will contribute to Lockney's effort to rebuild their school". Contributions can be made directly to Lockney ISD or to any City Bank location.
At Thursday's announcment, NewsChannel 11 asked Lockney Superintendent Phil Cotham to address rumors of a merger between Lockney ISD and the Floydada School District. "Lockney ISD is not interested in merging with another school at this time. We have a strong school district and our student population is in a pretty strong state," Cotham said.
Right now, Lockney students are still meeting in two local churches but will move to portable buildings in the next two weeks.
If you would like to join this campaign and help Lockney ISD, you can donate at any City Bank location. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Janie Johnson, (806) 281-5852.
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