Lubbock-Cooper ISD Proposes a $55 Million Bond

Published 02/11 2014 09:40PM

Updated 02/13 2014 10:52AM

By Anne Parker

"We are just busting at the seams as we have been doing for the past 10 years," say Lubbock-Cooper ISD Superintendent, Pat Henderson.
Henderson says a proposed $55 million bond for Lubbock-Cooper ISD is to help keep up with the continued growth they have seen in South Lubbock over the last five years.

"We've grown by 1,584 students in the last five years alone and the high school, now that we have two middle schools feeding it, has grown by almost 500 students," he said.

Right now, they are having to hold class in portable buildings at Lubbock-Cooper high school, just to have enough space.

"Over 80% of this bond issue is classrooms," he says.
First on the list, Henderson says they will be building a new wing at the high school with nearly 50 classrooms along with a career and technology building- making the expansion about 60 new classrooms total.
"We we take care of those classrooms, those needs go off into extracurricular activities," Henderson said.
With more students, brings more extracurricular involvement. So, the bond would also pay for a new gym, locker areas, a police station, plus a soccer and tennis area-- and that just names a few new things on the proposed plans.

"People are coming to our district for a reason. They are coming because of safety and security, we very successful in academic, always have been, but, we are also very successful in extracurricular activities," he said.
But the biggest question, how does this impact taxpayers dollars?

Henderson says it will raise taxes $.06 to the $100 taxable value.

"Our community has always backed us and supported us they know what type of product we give. They know we offer protection for their students. They feel good about sending their kids to our school and the education they're gonna get. So, I have no doubt they are going to support this bond package as well."

A public education to learn more about this bond will be held February 11th, Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. 

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