A nonprofit group that works with at-risk and economically disadvantaged students in schools will receive more funding from the Killeen Independent School District next year.

Earlier this month, Killeen’s board of trustees approved a $270,345 contract with Communities In Schools of Greater Central Texas for the 2013-2014 school year.

“That is an increase of about $15,000 from the school year 2012-2013 contract,” said Michael Dewees, CIS director of development.

The amount the district agreed to pay represents about 44 percent of the total cost of the CIS program, which allows the organization to place staff in 11 Killeen ISD schools, including campuses at Fort Hood.

While the organization is getting more money from the Killeen district for the next school year, another source of funding was reduced.

Dewees said an annual grant from the Texas Veterans Commission’s Fund for Veterans Assistance was cut from $295,000 to $150,000 for the upcoming school year.

The grants are given by the commission each year to organizations that provide services and support for military-connected students and their families.

Due to the cuts, CIS will reduce the number of staff at some of the campuses it serves. According to the contract for the upcoming school year, the organization will have 15.5 “full-time equivalent” employees, instead of the 18.5 it had this school year. Harker Heights and Shoemaker high schools, and possibly other campuses, will have fewer CIS employees, Dewees said.

“The bottom line is that we will still be at the same campuses, but we’ll have a loss of three (employees),” Dewees said.

Contact Chris McGuinness at chrism@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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