The Lubbock-Cooper Independent School District is putting a bond election before voters in the upcoming election to build three new campuses, including a second high school. The $420 million total bond proposal seeks to build a new middle and elementary school campuses as well. If the bond passes, this would be the second high school, the third middle school, and a sixth elementary school in the Lubbock-Cooper Independent School District. Paul Ehlers, president of the board, said, Our growth shows no signs of slowing. It is the responsibility of the LCISD Board of Trustees to assess the needs of the district and remain proactive to provide for our children for many years to come.”
Lubbock-Cooper says they are the fastest-growing school district in the region and one of the fastest-growing in the state.
Superintendent Keith Bryant says that enrollment at Lubbock-Cooper has grown 33%. In the coming decade, expected growth increase is projected to increase another 3,200 students or another 45% according to a news release. The current enrollment of the Lubbock-Cooper 5A school district is 7,130 students. A decade ago it was 4,039, which is just over half of the current enrollment. The next decade projects more than 10,000 students.
With involvement throughout the process of studying the growth, for several years, the community and parents were in unanimous agreement to build a second high school, along with the other needed campuses. The LCISD’s board unanimously approved the one package during a special February meeting. Election Day is May 1, with early voting starting April 19-27.
The second high school will feature its own football and baseball stadiums, its own gym, and its own tennis courts. Also included will be funding for renovation projects at existing campuses, such as HVAC and roofing improvements, and athletic additions to existing campuses, but the majority of the funding is toward the new campuses.
The bond proposal is broken into three separate ballot measures, due to a new state law. And voters will be asked to vote yes or no on each as follows: $338 million for the three schools and renovations; $31 million for all the athletic facilities at the new high school: field house, locker rooms, tennis courts and practice fields; and $51 million for the football stadium and competition gym at the new high school, plus an additional competition gym at the existing high school.
The high school will be built first in stages, and open for the freshmen and sophomore, and then the juniors and seniors as construction wraps up, with the projected new high school opening in the Fall of 2023, followed by the new middle school and elementary opening Fall 2026 and Fall 2027, respectively.