LUBBOCK, TX -- The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce came out in support of Lubbock-Cooper ISD's bond proposal Monday, citing the district's rapid growth and the potential to bring in more jobs and businesses.
"This bond measure is a sound investment for the future," said Alona Beesinger, Chairwoman of the Lubbock Chamer of Commerce Board.
"We looked through as a chamber to make sure that it meets our criteria to promote business and this absolutely does. They have been very fiscally responsible," said Beesinger.
One of the major parts of the bond proposal is classroom expansion. If the bond passes, Lubbock-Cooper High School will nearly double in size. Besides classrooms, the bond would add a new police building, gymnasium and career technology center.
"Well, I view this bond as very critical for our kids within this district. 80% of what we are spending on the funds for this bond is going to go towards classroom renovation, as well as safety as well as technology advancements throughout the district that's going to benefit our faculty, but most importantly our kids," said Parent Shane Smith.
Smith's 9-year-old son is a student in the district. He says with the hundreds of homes going up in the district, this bond is necessary.
"We recently within the district added another middle school and another elementary school, and so soon those children will be feeding into the high school," said Smith. "There's two large apartment complexes that the district really hasn't had within it before, that's going to house a whole lot of families and a whole lot of children. So, with the expected rate to be 50% growth in the next four years and then basically doubling in size within 8 (years), this bond is much needed."
Lubbock-Cooper is not the only district pushing for a multi-million dollar bond. Frenship ISD has proposed an $85 million dollar bond, also supported by the Lubbock Chamber last week.
"The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce is not just for the city, its for the surrounding area. So when it promotes business then its good for us and its good for our business members, so absolutely we are going to be behind good proposals," said Beesinger.
Early voting started Monday, April 28th and continues through May 6th. Election day is May 10th.
For more information on Lubbock-Cooper's Bond Election visit: http://www.lcisd.net/pages/LCISD/2014_LCISD_Bond_Projects
For more information on Frenship ISD's Bond Election visit: http://www.frenship.us/Page/6116