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.