• December 9, 2016


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'A different way of thinking'

FORT HOOD — Computer code is a versatile, international language with the power to create fashion, empower the impoverished and spark imagination.

Parents reflect on KISD special education classroom monitors

The cameras were rolling last week in some special education classrooms at Killeen schools.

Senior with chops for jazz reaches state level

HARKER HEIGHTS — In the creative, improvisational world of jazz performance, Harker Heights High School has one of the best trumpeters in the state.

Math, science in focus during Saegert SMART Kids presentations

Smart kids had a chance to get even smarter on SMART Kids Day at Saegert Elementary School.

Public input sought on special education services

Representatives from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services and the Texas Education Agency will conduct a series of listening sessions in Texas during the week of Dec. 12, according to a news release from the Department of Education.

Analysis: Pulling the Texas House, pushing the Texas Senate

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Educators say parental rights bill could harm trust with students

A state senator’s bid to expand parental rights to information about their students is drawing spirited criticism from educators and LGBT activists who argue it does not protect students at risk of abuse if teachers or school officials out them to their families. 

School rezoning proposal passed for public hearing

The Killeen Independent School District board of trustees Tuesday unanimously approved a motion for a public hearing on the current rezoning proposal, which will potentially shift schools for thousands of district students for the 2017-2018 school year.

Texas agencies release report on school superintendents’ salaries

AUSTIN — A recent survey of district trends in school superintendents’ salaries and benefits was released by the Texas Association of School Boards and Texas Association of School Administrators.

KISD school board workshop tonight

The Killeen school board will meet tonight at the Killeen Independent School District office, 200 N. WS Young Drive.

KISD to discuss rezoning proposals for next school year

Killeen Independent School District’s next board meeting is Tuesday at the district office at 200 N. W.S. Young Drive.

Room to learn

The kindergarten teacher rolls the oversize dice across the long tabletop and the young children identify the number of dots facing up.

KISD cameras to be turned on Monday

Six local special education families have been waiting more than three months for classroom camera monitors to be purchased, approved, installed and turned on.

University prepares for Heritage Hall construction

Texas A&M University-Central Texas will break ground on its third building, Heritage Hall.

Campus carry outrage is ebbing, and schools want to leave it be

When Texas lawmakers in 2015 were considering allowing the concealed carry of handguns on college campuses by license holders, the leadership at the University of Texas System was one of the idea's most powerful opponents.  

Killeen-area students learn value of giving back

Killeen-area students got a taste of what it means to volunteer recently during the annual Food for Families drive.

KISD middle school families learn what’s available at high school level

HARKER HEIGHTS — From the jazz band’s sounds echoing from a stage to a working robot and numerous informational displays, middle school students and parents learned about a wealth of options available for high school students in the Killeen Independent School District.

School Districts closed all week for Thanksgiving

School district closings

Liberty Hill students compete in annual Science Olympics

Complete with jerseys, medals, preliminary competitions and a final engineering design challenge, science took on Olympian excitement Friday at Liberty Hill Middle School.

TEA tells schools they must serve kids with disabilities

The Texas Education Agency has told schools they must provide services to all eligible students with disabilities and won’t be penalized for serving too many children.

Student shifts: KISD to revisit school zones Nov. 29

Since 1996, Killeen has seen its population rise by 60,000 to just shy of 138,000. As the city grows, so does school enrollment, prompting the district to build two new schools that will open in the fall.

KISD expands to provide students role models, mentors

In response to on- and off-campus school fights over the past two months, Killeen Independent School District has decided to expand its mentoring programs to provide positive role models for students.

Belton school lockdowns lifted, parents frustrated

BELTON — The Belton Police Department and Belton Independent School District are working jointly now to identify a 911 caller who said just before 9:30 a.m. Thursday that a person with a gun was at ninth-grade campus.

State education board focuses again on teaching of evolution

An educator on a committee responsible for removing language challenging evolution from Texas science curriculum standards said Wednesday that it was not a political move.