March 5, 2018 (Lufkin, Texas): The Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce and the Lufkin/Angelina County Economic Development Partnership (LACEDP) passed a resolution stating their support of the Lufkin ISD Bond Election. After a series of discussions, each board unanimously passed the resolution.
Chairman of the Chamber Board, Jeff Todd, said, “Education and economic development are competitive markets in Texas. The renovations and updates to the facilities will help make Angelina County more appealing to businesses looking to grow.”
The bond in question will help renovate Lufkin Middle school and consolidate athletic facilities at Lufkin High School. The Lufkin Middle School building was constructed in the 1950’s and is still being used today. Security is large issue for the aging building. Currently, there is no way to secure the perimeter of the campus. Additional funds from the bond will also go toward consolidating Lufkin High School’s current off-campus sports fields to the high school campus. This will keep students from having to travel between classes to facilities throughout town to train and compete.
“Our public school is one of the best economic investments our community can make. Public education provides economic benefits to everyone in the community, not just students” says the Partnership’s Chairman, Kevin Langston. “The LACEDP strongly supports the LISD Bond initiative to better our schools and in turn better our economy and our community.”
Chamber President & CEO Jim Johnson said, “The middle school is long overdue for an upgrade. Each child in Lufkin ISD goes through that building and we have a responsibility to uphold their facility and safety. The middle school renovation, new sports fields, and added educational programs will be a helpful recruitment tool for Economic Development while athletic facilities provide tourism and economic stimulation to the region.”