Kindness moves Lockney Students into new buildings - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/2/09

Kindness moves Lockney Students into new buildings

LOCKNEY, TX (KCBD) - Community members in Floyd County came together Monday to benefit Lockney High School. 

Donations have poured in to Lockney ISD since the arson fire that destroyed the school back in January. The kindness of strangers will soon have students attending class in new, modular classrooms furnished with donations.

Monday night members of the Lockney and Floydada Lions and Rotary Clubs hosted a chili supper with donations going to replace supplies not covered by insurance that Lockney teachers lost. "We decided the best thing to do was help the teachers that had lost their personal items," Floydada Rotary Club President Larry Ferguson said.

Random acts of kindness like this are what have brought Lockney High School back from the ashes.  "City Bank gave us $25,000 and kind of issued a challenge to other schools, other banks, other businesses to do the same, and since that point, checks have been coming in, donations of school supplies have been coming in, people just offering to help," Floydada ISD Superintendent Phil Cotham said. 

Flames broke out at the high school on January 11th.  Since that time students have been attending class at local churches, but soon they'll move to new, portable classrooms that sit right across the street from the now burned out shell of their old school. "Some of them are kind of enjoying the closeness they have in the small classrooms. I'm not sure the teachers don't enjoy that somewhat, but at the same time, you need your space. You need to be able to start accumulating some of those supplies and things that we lost, and it's just hard to do in those small rooms," Cotham said. 

Lockney has eight portable buildings. They purchased seven from Muleshoe with insurance money. "We got furniture from Brownfield, Abernathy, from Lubbock ISD today (Monday), from Reagan County which is not even in our area, but brought some furniture up last week and just all the area schools are so gracious to help," Cotham said. 

Students are expected to start class in the new portables late next week. Superintendent Cotham tells us the district has hired an architect to design a new school. Right now, they're in the process of hiring a construction manager who will oversee building the new school as well as demolition of the old building. Cotham expects students will be in the portables for about two years.

1/13/09
Two Teens in Custody for Lockney High Fire
Two teenage girls are behind bars accused of burning down their high school in Lockney. NewsChannel 11's Ann Wyatt Little has more from Lockney with the latest on the investigation.

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