The Killeen school board Tuesday took the first step to eliminate a flooding problem that has inconvenienced members of the Harker Heights High School marching band.

Because of frequent flooding, band members often have to carry their instruments through standing water to reach the band’s practice area.

The board voted 7-0 to hire Walker Partners Engineering to survey the problem and recommend renovations of the practice area.

The asphalt walkway leading to the band practice area experiences regular flooding and ponding, according to the Killeen Independent School District. School officials said the water makes reaching the practice area especially difficult for band students with instruments and equipment on wheels.

The school board also approved the hire of Engineered Exteriors to serve as waterproofing consultants to help solve 41 separate water infiltration issues at 15 schools. Engineered Exteriors will visit each location and will observe existing conditions, conduct water tests and complete selective demolition as needed.

The scope of water issues include leaks seeping through window seals and underneath doors. A report from KISD mentions mildew smells and ponding inside facilities following heavy rain.

The cost of the contract with Engineered Exteriors is not to exceed $209,000.

The engineering firm will survey the existing topography and provide recommendations for repair.

A separate proposal for construction to solve the flooding issue will be made to the board when the engineering work is completed. | 254-501-7553

Herald staff writer

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