Levelland ISD designates a significant amount of its yearly budget to the maintenance of its facilities. Each year approximately 13% of the annual budget is appropriated for utilities, maintenance personnel, and general repairs and upkeep. These funds handle smaller projects like HVAC maintenance and replacement, minor carpentry projects and parking lot repairs.
“The district does an excellent job maintaining its facilities,” said LISD Superintendent Kelly Baggett. “We have an excellent group of custodians who work tirelessly to keep the campuses clean and ready for students. Our grounds and maintenance crews work diligently to take care of the grounds, sports fields and maintenance and repair of minor plumbing or electrical issues,” Baggett stated.
The budget cannot cover the costs of major renovations, however. When large needs arise, it becomes necessary to utilize other financial sources including the District Fund Balance, bond funds or bank loans.
Throughout the years, multiple major maintenance projects have been completed by the district.
• 1976 – $3.6 million bond was passed to fund the construction of the current Levelland High School and money from the Fund Balance was used to remodel additional campuses.
• 1983 – $5 million from the Fund Balance covered cost of remodeling Central Office, construction of the Field House at Levelland High School and addition of classrooms for vocational programs including Automotive Technology, Building Trades, Cosmetology and Learning Opportunities Center at Levelland High School
• 1997 – $3 million bond from the Fund Balance remodeled the “old” Levelland Junior High School
• 1998 – $2.5 million from the Fund Balance covered the construction of twelve classrooms at Levelland High School to facilitate the move of ninth grade students from Levelland Junior High campus to Levelland High School campus
• 2000 – $5 million Insurance claim on hail storm funded construction of new tennis courts and softball complex at Levelland High School, replacement of roofs on all campuses and replacement of 11 buses
• 2004 – $22 million bond was passed to construct new Levelland Middle School and Levelland Academic Beginnings Center
• 2009 – $400,000 from the Fund Balance funded construction of two Life Skills classrooms at Levelland High School
• 2010 – $2 million from the Fund Balance funded remodeling of Capitol Elementary School to the extent that funds would allow
• 2012 – $400,000 from bank loan funded the reconstruction of the practice track and re-sodding the practice fields at the Levelland High School
Budgeted maintenance alone cannot fund the renovations that the recently conducted District Facilities Needs Assessment identified. Based on that Needs Assessment, the District Facilities Committee comprised of 28 members from LISD staff, parents and community members has called for a $39 million bond to cover major needs beyond the district budget.
(Courtesy: Levelland ISD)