A Killeen middle school principal is among the first educators in Texas that Education Commissioner Michael Williams appointed to the Expanded Learning Opportunities Council.

Kurt Hulett, principal of Liberty Hill Middle School in Killeen, and 12 other educators will develop a comprehensive statewide action plan that focuses on innovative, hands-on learning approaches to complement current school curriculum, according to a Texas Education Agency news release.

The council, which the TEA named Friday, is a result of Senate Bill 503, which was passed in 2013 by the 83rd Texas Legislature and directs the education commissioner to appoint school and business leaders who have specific expertise and experience in providing expanded learning opportunities for students in public schools.

The council will meet at least three times a year and submit a report by Nov. 1 of each even-numbered year to the governor, both chambers of the legislature and the TEA.

Contact Sarah Rafique at srafique@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7553. Follow her on Twitter at SarahRafique.

I'm the education reporter at the Killeen Daily Herald. Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SarahRafique

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