Monday night, the Lorenzo ISD Board of Trustees formally accepted a land donation from the Crosby County Fuel Association. The land will be used for the building of a new Career and Technology campus for Lorenzo ISD. The new campus will be located on US highway 62/82 directly east of the Crosby County Fuel Store in Lorenzo.

The first building to be constructed on the new campus will be a Diesel Technology Center.

Lorenzo ISD Superintendent, Dr. Jerrod Pickering said the district has been in discussions with Texas State Technical College to create a Diesel Technology Dual Credit Program.

“This area sits at a crossroads of opportunity for diesel technicians,” Pickering said.  “Agricultural machinery, the Ports to Plains corridor and the increase in mineral and oil exploration make for a fertile job market for individuals with the skills to repair and maintain specialized equipment.”

Lorenzo ISD tells KFYO News they have had interest from at least 12 other school districts who will be interested in sending their own students to the new program.  “House Bill 5 has assisted in opening  new opportunities for schools to explore career offerings,” Pickering explained.

According to Lorenzo ISD, the cooperation with other schools is what interested Crosby County Fuel Association in offering some of its land.  General Manager, Steve Riley saw the opportunity to help students not just in Lorenzo, but students in all three school districts the Association serves. “There is a definite need for this type of program in this area and Crosby County Fuel Association is proud to be a part of it.”

The new campus is slated to open in August 2014.