EDUCATION

An update on the potential bond issue will be given to the Killeen Independent School District Board of Trustees during the regular meeting tonight.

KISD Superintendent John Craft will provide a recap of the two meetings held with the bond steering committee on Nov. 2 and Thursday. Proposed amounts for the potential bond, as presented by RBC Capital of Dallas, could be $175 million, $350 million or $500 million.

Projects being considered for inclusion in the bond issue include renovations and repairs to existing schools near or over 50 years old, three new elementary schools, a new middle school and a new high school.

In separate business tonight, the board is scheduled to vote on whether to move forward with expanding the KISD agriculture science barn, with a maximum guaranteed cost of nearly $2.123 million. Huckabee Architects were selected to design the project in June 2016. Cloud Construction was brought on as construction manager in May 2017.

The cost of the expansion will be paid for from the district’s currently available funds. The new facility will open for the 2018-2019 school year.

The consent agenda for tonight’s meeting features almost 20 items which were discussed at the board’s Oct. 24 workshop. These include selecting an architect and engineers for the planned construction of a new elementary school on Morganite Lane in south Killeen, with a cost of approximately $37 million, and a new middle school, costing approximately $54 million, which will be built on Warriors Path in Harker Heights. Neither project are included in the bond issue. They will be funded with existing funds, according to the district.

Another item on the consent agenda is approval of the district’s Improvement Plan for 2017-2018. This document lists the actions needed to achieve a series of goals to improve both student and staff performance.

Three options for the 2018-2019 academic year calendar will be reviewed by the board. Options primarily vary on the amount of time off students would receive at Thanksgiving and the December holiday break.

New courses will be considered by the KISD board for the 2018-2019 school year. History courses dealing with the origins of World War I and World War II are being proposed, along with computer programming classes focused on cyber security. Zoology, organic chemistry, environmental science and numerous other courses are also being proposed as part of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) classes at Central Texas College.

The agreement with CTC forming a partnership for the high school STEM program will be voted on by the board during the meeting, as well.

The KISD board meeting begins at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. The board will immediately move into closed session to discuss the sale of the former Fairway Middle School and the former Sallie Mae complex. Votes to approve the sales will take place in open session.

The board will reconvene the meeting at 6 p.m. at the district’s administrative office, 200 N. W.S. Young Drive.

254-501-7568 | jferraro@kdhnews.com

(2) comments

eyewatchingu

@ Alvin, your so right on all points.
Sadly they are just saying what they are told to say, as they fear the real voters of Killeen are going to vote no.
Guess what we home owners will vote no.

We will vote no, because we are sick of the wasted money, we will vote no because we are sick of lie upon lie. We will vote no to send a message to our government officials that we will not be held hostage and forced feed bull poop while they dine on lobster and buy over price extension and nails on tax payers dime .
VOTE NO ON THIS BOND SEND A MESSAGE, WE WILL NO LONGER BE ENSLAVED AND HELD HOSTAGED

Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer.

Nice going, you have now scheduled a meeting that is a scheduled meeting of the city council. You have 7 days in which can schedule a meeting of the KSID and you pick Tuesday.

As to what is the chosen amount which could be $175 million, $350 million or $500 million, is that still an outstanding question???? I would think that by now it should have been resolved to just what the bond issue was going to be.

I another and separate issue, you state that 'Huckabee Architects were selected to design the project in June 2016. Cloud Construction was brought on as construction manager in May 2017.' Now am I to understand that there is to be an Architect and a separate construction manager, is there going to be a third country heard from, a contractor that will construct the facility????

Question: Why doesn't the Architect manage the contractor as they are the ones that could/can answer all of the questions by the constructor. Don't you think that this would have the effect of 'saving money for the KSID????

Copy: 'New courses will be considered by the KISD board for the 2018-2019 school year. History courses dealing with the origins of World War I and World War II are being proposed, along with computer programming classes focused on cyber security. Zoology, organic chemistry, environmental science and numerous other courses are also being proposed as part of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) classes at Central Texas College.' End of copy.

Question: Why not include the Civil War as many of the constituents apparently do not understand the development and reason as to 'why the civil war was fought in the first place'. Just a thought.

Copy: 'The KISD board meeting begins at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. The board will immediately move into closed session to discuss the sale of the former Fairway Middle School and the former Sallie Mae complex. Votes to approve the sales will take place in open session.' End of copy.

Why is this to be discussed 'in a closed secretive fashion'???? I am of the opinion that 'there is too much secretive atmosphere abounding in Killeen'. Throw open the doors and you may find what innovative ideas that come from transparent session.

This has been the personal opinion of this writer and nothing shall be used, in context or without or changed in any way without first notifying, and receiving explicit approval from this writer.
One of the 4.58 % who voted.

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