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Lubbock ISD trustees send $130 million bond package to voters

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Voters will decide on a $130 million bond package in Lubbock ISD in November. Trustees unanimously approved a recommendation from the district's bond steering committee. This follows a series of meetings and presentations to the public last few months.

The focus of the package is school safety and modernization. Under the proposal, the district's $1.235 per $100 valuation property tax rate would not change. 

Included in this recommendation is construction of a new elementary school somewhere in northeast Lubbock. It would consolidate Guadalupe, Jackson and Wright Elementary schools. This approach is similar to the new Miller Elementary, which replaced both Murfee and Haynes Elementary. Superintendent Kathy Rollo was previously Murfee's principal. A specific location for the new northeast Lubbock school has not been announced.

Earlier this year a safety expert was brought in to conduct an audit of all of the district's facilities. This audit was considered by the steering committee, determining what changes need to be made. This package also includes funding for other academic programs, including agriculture. It does not include any new funding for the district's athletic facilities.

According to the district, this is a breakdown of what's proposed:

  • $53 million - efficiency, including $25 million for the new elementary school and $27.5 million for roofing and HVAC replacements.
  • $50 million - hardening facilities, including $40 million in security measures and $10 million to avoid or replace portable buildings.
  • $27 million - academic programming, including $4.5 million to renovate Monterey High's auditorium, $12 million to build an auditorium and add classroom space at the Talkington School for Young Women Leaders, $10.5 million for the first phase of an Agri-STEM complex.

Various taxing entities are still working on budgets and tax rates for the upcoming year. Because of an average increase in appraisals, most everyone will pay more taxes even with rates remaining the same. For comparison purposes, last year Lubbock ISD's property tax rate was $1.235 while Frenship ISD set a rate of $1.49 and Lubbock Cooper $1.54, according to Lubbock County Truth in Taxation. Lubbock ISD's rate has been at $1.235 for the past decade.

Election Day is Nov. 6. Early voting runs from Oct. 22 to Nov. 2. Click here - for Lubbock County voter registration information.

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