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There has been a survey going around, some phone calls to different homes to find out the possibilities of a Bond possibilities for the Lufkin iSD.

The possible bond question concerns moving the Baseball, Softball and Basketball to the Lufkin High School campus, also included in the bond is to divide  the Lufkin Middle School,  to provide a separate 6th grade campus.  There may be some other options too, but those are the general thought options.  

What are your thoughts on this BOND possibility?

For ME, I would vote FOR this bond, this has been much needed for many years.

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I vote No.  Our baseball field is as good as anyone's in the district although the bathrooms do need to be updated. The softball field is new already. Basketball has empty seats. The middle school is run with precision and unless we get an influx of new students, new school not needed. 

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6 hours ago, mr. b said:

I vote No.  Our baseball field is as good as anyone's in the district although the bathrooms do need to be updated. The softball field is new already. Basketball has empty seats. The middle school is run with precision and unless we get an influx of new students, new school not needed. 

There is a huge benefit to having all sports complexes on one campus. There is a definite need to separate our 6th graders, helping them to make that transition, plus there needs to be a separation from the older students at that age.  I have always wanted all HS sports on one campus and that was also an unfinished  vision of John Outlaw.  I am all FOR paying an extra $30 a year to have this happen.

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I would support the "extra $30/year" to make our educators salaries at a premium as compared to the educators in our district and surrounding cities.  It is sad we continually lose our best teachers/staff because someone down the road pays 10k more a year. Then that position is filled with a less qualified person and our students suffer. This problem seems to me to be of more importance than an unneeded sports facility or 6th grade campus. 

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Lufkin ISD Board of Trustees presented with bond survey results

By PAM STOKES/The Lufkin News

Results from a 2017 Lufkin ISD Bond Awareness Survey were presented to the school trustees Thursday.

Raymond Turco from Turco & Associates presented the survey findings. His report indicated the public would likely support a bond to address the facilities at Lufkin Middle School and consolidate athletic facilities at Lufkin High School, said Sheila Adams, LISD executive director of communications and public relations.

The survey showed 73 percent of voters were satisfied with quality of public schools and 45 percent believed that quality in school district had improved during community tenure.

Respondents prioritized campus safety and security and making effective use of current facilities as most important issues to address. Staff retention and current technology were also prominent issues, according to the survey.

Conclusions gathered from the survey also revealed the bond package dollar threshold was in the $50 million to $70 million range; the threshold was higher among LISD parents and younger respondents. Fifty-nine percent also would support a bond at $21 per month.

Respondents were most positive about construction of a centralized building and library/media center renovation.

In post-test, support for $50 million bond item for a new Lufkin Middle School was 79 percent favorable, 19 percent unfavorable. Support for athletic improvements was 64 percent favorable and 34 percent unfavorable.

John Manual, employed with Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson, gave the tax collection report and said they were in the second year of the e-filing program.

Dr. Robert Kistler presented Vickie Evans, Education Foundation executive director, a check for $1,860 as a donation from flu vaccines given to Lufkin ISD employees. This is the third year for Kistler to present a donation to the Education Foundation.

Dunbar Primary teacher Sarah Dixon was honored for becoming a National Board Certified Teacher. There are 112,695 nationwide, 873 being from Texas.

Lufkin ISD received an unmodified opinion from Alexander Lankford & Hiers Inc. for the fiscal year ending Aug. 31, 2017.

“An unmodified opinion, the best opinion that can be given, states that the district is in accordance with applicable financial reporting framework, according to LISD CFO Charlotte Bynum.

Trustees also approved building controls for the libraries at Coston, Brookhollow and Slack; HVAC rooftop units at Brookhollow school; HVAC controls for Lufkin High School W section; and HVAC update/improvements. The board also discussed and approved the following agenda items; adopting a resolution authorizing the proposed early resignation notice incentive pay plan for the 2017-18 school year; the 2017-18 LISD improvement plan; and the 2018-19 LISD type D academic calendar.

 
 

Pam Stokes’ email address is pstokes@lufkindailynews.com.

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My wife is a teacher, so seeing what they have to deal with year in and year out for what they earn. I would only vote for the bond if it would include prioritizing our teachers and giving them a much needed raise. Id love to have nice new facilities and for them to be on campus, but i couldnt vote yes knowing our teachers are getting pushed even further to the end of the line.

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On 1/24/2018 at 6:51 PM, Chadalac05 said:

My wife is a teacher, so seeing what they have to deal with year in and year out for what they earn. I would only vote for the bond if it would include prioritizing our teachers and giving them a much needed raise. Id love to have nice new facilities and for them to be on campus, but i couldnt vote yes knowing our teachers are getting pushed even further to the end of the line.

My Mother was a teacher for over 30 years, so definitely agree.

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Lufkin ISD calling for $75 million bond election

By STEVE KNIGHT/The Lufkin News

Voters residing in Lufkin ISD will get their say on May 5 on a proposed $75 million bond package that, if approved, would provide funds to construct and renovate the middle school campus and consolidate athletic facilities at the high school.

Lufkin ISD trustees approved the proposal during their board meeting on Tuesday.

“Most of the bond money will be used at the middle school,” said Scott Skelton, president of the Lufkin ISD Board of Trustees. “The rest will provide for a competition gym at the high school. As you know, we don’t have a competition gym at the high school and (the students) have to travel to the middle school. Once that is built, the middle school will have their own gym. The rest of the gymnasiums at the middle school will be demolished, and we will rebuild an entire middle school.”

Proposed projects at the middle school site include creating a sixth-grade leadership academy, centralizing the campus under one roof, updating the library and media center, addressing the size and functionality of the cafeteria, addressing heating and air conditioning issues and providing access to a new physical education gym and the existing competition gym.

Proposed projects on the high school campus would include building a multi-purpose gym, constructing an on-site girls’ softball field and boys’ baseball field and providing an enclosed venue that could accommodate all high school students.

Building the athletic facilities on the high school campus would eliminate student travel to the middle school, where the competition gym is located, and to Morris Frank Park, the location of the softball and baseball fields.

Significant facility issues exist on the middle school campus, Skelton said, which was built as the new high school in 1955.

“It’s been a wonderful building, but it’s in need of being renewed and, in fact, torn down and rebuilt,” he said. “It’s not feasible to continued maintaining something that’s 60 years old. We’ll sell (the bond proposal to voters) based on need. We’ll sell it based on the fact that it would be good for every child in this district. Every child goes through that middle school. We’ll sell it that it is helpful to the community.”

Because of the open-campus concept with different buildings, students are forced to deal with weather conditions when going from class to class.

Preliminary costs include around $50 million for the middle school construction and renovations, $3 million for the baseball and softball facilities and $9 million to $10 million for a competition gym at the high school.

Those figures are still preliminary and fluid, according to school administrators.

The bond money would not be used for operating expenses such as salaries, electricity and supplies.

“In order to attract business and industry, they want to see nice viable schools,” Skelton said. “Our middle school needs to be a centerpiece of that.”

According to a previous Lufkin News story and school district information, the last school bond, passed in 2007, provided $49.5 million in funds to renovate existing primary and elementary campuses to ensure safety and security. Vestibules and enclosed wings were added to all campuses and Burley Primary was constructed. A portion of the bond funds were used to add a math and science wing at the middle school.

A $27 million bond in 1995 made way for constructing a new high school building on the loop encompassing the existing Junior High East building. Two million dollars was allotted in the bond to convert the existing high school to a sixth- through eighth-grade campus. The district continued to use the stadium built in 1972 on the Junior High East campus as the high school stadium.

The current tax rate is $1.213 per $100 valuation. Broken up into two components, the maintenance and operations rate, used to conduct everyday business like paying for salaries and utilities, is $1.17, and the interest and sinking rate, which pays off debt incurred by the district, is 4.3 cents.

Assuming the $75 million bond passes, the interest and sinking rate would rise 28.05 cents to a total of 32.35 cents, bringing the total tax rate to $1.4935 per $100 valuation.

The potential increase in the property tax rate is affordable, Shelton said.

For an average Lufkin home with a taxable value of $125,000, the maximum tax impact is $23.37 a month.

“If it brings in new industry and business, that will actually help lower taxes,” Skelton said.

The district would pay off the bond over a 25-year period, according to Charlotte Bynum, the district’s chief financial officer, in a previous Lufkin News story.

Homeowners who are age 65 and older will not have an increased tax bill with the passage of the bond, if an age 65 freeze exemption is filed and approved.

Over the last four years, Lufkin ISD has refunded $56.6 million in bonds, saving taxpayers more than $7.1 million.

 
 

Steve Knight’s email address is sknight@lufkindailynews.com.

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I will vote "YES" , I like progress and improvements.  In fact I know first hand the problems that exits in that old Middle School, EX - HS built in 1955. I graduated HS from that place. Major Mechanical  issues that are costing our district a great deal each year to just BAND AID over the many problems.

The big insurance LIABILITY cost to the school for our kids to leave the LHS campus and cross town for basketball or baseball practice, many times in their own vehicles.  Those things need to be on the HS campus. Insurance cost would go down . The MS will be totally renovated to be made safe from unauthorized outside entry, most important, will have energy efficient AC and Heating and LED lighting installed that will  save the school district a million dollars a year in operating expense..  That will lead to better school equipment and TEACHER Raises. The City of Lufkin will take over the existing baseball and softball fields at Morris Frank Park from the Lufkin ISD.  Progress is good, other schools around us have been renovating for years.  Will just give up my wife and I going out to eat one night a month and there is the $23.37 .  Easy.  Give up 4 packs of cigarettes or 3 packs of beer or 1/2 tank of gas per month. . It is covered and it goes to help the students at LISD.  All these improvements will make it more possible to give teacher pay raises and have better desk and computer equipment because the huge Maintenance operating expenses for that dinosaur of a 1955 Middle School will be cut by about 50 -60%.   District passes these savings on to teachers.

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