Plans for new Lubbock elementary begin

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Updated: 6/18/2012 9:48 pm
The walls will soon be coming down at Murfee Elementary along with Haynes Elementary in southwest Lubbock. The first initial meeting for the combination of the two began Monday.

"It is necessary. We have small schools that are in somewhat disrepair. I think the important thing is that this was part of our bond package and we are moving through as voters have asked us to do," said Berhl Robertson, Chief Administrative Officer.

A portion of that $198 million bond package is going to build a new campus for those two schools which are merging.

"There is an excitement from our perspective of having a brand new and state-of-the-art facility that is designed from the ground up with help from community members and teachers," Robertson said.

Those teachers along with parents toured Roy Roberts, a newer LISD elementary to gather ideas for the new facility.

"So we'll take the information that these folks have given us today and take a look at that and the districts program,” said Richard Minckler, design architect. “We will put that together and start developing a layout for the school."

The design process will take about 6-9 months. Next summer will begin transition. Portables will be placed at Haynes to help accommodate students and teachers from Murfee.

"Sometime early summer 2013 will begin demolition of the current Murfee school,” Robertson said. “From that point forward it's about a 14-18 month process to finish the school."

Haynes and Murfee parents have been vocal in expressing their feelings about the consolidation, however the majority seem to be coming together and looking toward the future.

"Anything that's new is sometimes a little scary,” said Haynes parent Stacy Keith, “So I think that's when you have to trust and know that it's all going to work out for the best."

"You like the tradition of both schools, but you walk in here and it's a fresh start,” said Murfee parent Casey Loafman. “It's a coming together of two great communities and different schools that have all done great things."

The lights will remain on for one more year at Murfee before they're turned off for good.

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