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Frenship ISD proposes $300 million bond package

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Frenship ISD reports historic growth every year.

In the last nine years it's added 2,500 students and enrollment shows no signs of slowing down.

"We anticipate that, many years down the line maybe 50 years from now, we may have an enrollment of 33,000 students," Superintendent Michelle McCord said.

Frenship currently has about 10,000 students.

On Monday, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved a call for a $299.7 million bond package.

"I'm very excited about it, I think it's something that the district desperately needs," former Frenship Principal James Vardy said.

"Since we've come to Lubbock, there's been such a growth, I think it's needed, " Isabel Haidt said.

Haidt's two sons went through the Frenship ISD school district, and currently has a granddaughter enrolled.

More than 90% of the money will go to building new schools and renovations.

The priciest project is the construction of a second high school, expected to cost tax-payers $165 million.

"We anticipate to reach the enrollment capacity at our existing 9th grade center and high school in 2023," McCord said.

"A second high school I think will add up to a lot of opportunities for other students because now you're going to have double the amount of activities," Vardy said.

Other proposed projects include adding a fourth middle school with a total cost of $38 million and a ninth elementary school with an expected price tag of $28 million.

There are also plans to upgrade safety and security features. 

The bond would add three cents to your property tax rate, per thousand dollars of home value.

An average home in the district is $185,000 meaning another $48 in taxes a year.

"You have to get it somewhere, and I mean our kids do go to school here, and I've had some who have graduated, and Frenship is a wonderful school, so yes I'm on board for it, Haidt said. 

"This is what we're all about, we've got to provide education for our children and our youth, if it takes a little bit of increased taxes, then so be it," Vardy added.

Residents will vote on this bond proposal Saturday May 2, 2020.

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