INTERVIEW: Lubbock ISD bond to fix work left from 2010 bond, adv - FOX34 Lubbock

INTERVIEW: Lubbock ISD bond to fix work left from 2010 bond, advance ag program

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Lubbock ISD's $130 million bond proposal is a second "Proposition A" on ballots in the district. The "Securing Our Future" proposal would not change the tax rate, and would add security features to each campus, as well as consolidate three elementary schools in North Lubbock into a new 700-student campus.

Mark Griffin, a member of the bond committee and a former trustee, said it will also continue work that was left over from the district's previous bond package in 2010. A guest on the News@Nine Monday, Griffin specifically noted it will continue renovations to Monterey High School's auditorium.

"There's a lobby area, there's acoustic issues, there are ADA issues that were not addressed in the 2010 bond level that we're going to finish up," Griffin said. "That's about $4.5 million number that will get to state-of-the-art, comparable to our other high school auditoriums in Lubbock, but it needs to be complete and part of this bond package results in that completion."

Another $10.5 million portion of the bond will go to the district's "Agri-STEM program," which would further develop the district's agricultural programs and combine it with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to provide further learning for future ag producers.

Griffin said this portion of the bond has "transformational possibility" for students.

"This is going to be district-wide, it'll be open to all interested parties," he said. "Right now our ag facilities are in really bad shape, quite frankly, I don't know if they've been touched since the '70s. This gives us an opportunity to build new barns, greenhouses, some lab classrooms."

"What's really intriguing about this," he continued, "it's going to be an extension of the Byron Martin Advanced Training Center, the ATC on Avenue Q. While we may locate it differently, it will have some of those same components. We know the success stories that come out of that."

Griffin emphasizes the proposal will not affect taxes. He said the school district pays down $8 million to $9 million a year in debt, and the past eight years have created capacity for the district.

Griffin's full interview is attached to the top of this story. 

Early voting continues through Nov. 2. Election Day is Nov. 6.

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