The Lubbock-Cooper School District will ask County Commissioners Monday for an ordinance to ban alcohol sales within 300 feet of its three campuses that are outside the city limits .
"The education code says that the board of trustees of a district shall attempt to provide a safe alcohol-free environment for students coming too and going from schools," Lubbock-Cooper Independent School District Superintendent, Pat Henderson, said.
Stripes Convenience Stores, which sell beer and wine, had considered putting in a store on a piece of land directly across the street from a Cooper School. The company decided it will not build on the location. Now school administrators want to make sure no one else does either.
"That is what the school is doing," said County Commissioner, Bill McCay. "What Lubbock Cooper is doing is coming to the commissioners court and doing what they can do to have a certain surrounding around their school."
The County Commissioners are walking a thin line, not wanting to favor either side.
"We want to be business friendly," McCay said. "We are pro-business in Lubbock County, and we want to continue to be pro-business. But in this particular situation it is property just adjacent to and around the school."
The schools are near busy roads with heavy traffic. Henderson said alcohol and traffic do not mix.
"You put the two together and you have the possibility for having a situation that makes it unsafe for our students," Henderson said.
The commissioners said they will rely on input from the community and the school district before they make a decision on creating an ordinance.