LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Lubbock Independent School District Board of Trustees approved the location for a new elementary school that will consolidate Wright, Jackson and Guadalupe elementary schools. The item was approved, 7-0, during a Thursday meeting.
The location for the new school will be at the northeast corner of Cornell Street and North Avenue U, the current location of the former Mahon Elementary School. As of now the estimated cost of the school sits at around $25 million, Kathy Rollo, LISD superintendent, said.
This is also said to help staffing, because as of now the three schools have to share people like assistant principals, counselors, music and art teachers.
“Right now, these teeny-tiny schools are sharing those services and they don’t have these people full-time on their campus," Rollo said, “which is challenging when they need a counselor and they don’t have a counselor on campus that day.”
The new school, which has yet to be named, will serve about 800 students.
Class sizes will stay small, ranging around 22 students to one teacher, and dual language programs will also be implemented. Each grade will also have about five-to-six teachers.
The school will be built in advance of the 2021-2022 school year. This new, consolidated school came as a result of a November bond election.
“We looked at several possible sites for this new school, but based on the amount of acreage we needed, as well as access, we are bringing this recommendation to (the board of trustees) that this school be placed on the current Mahon site,” Rollo said.