The Killeen Independent School Board is expected Tuesday to approve a plan to deal with frequent flooding that regularly forces Harker Heights High School marching band members to carry their instruments through water.

The board is expected Tuesday to vote to hire Walker Partners Engineering to survey the problem and recommend renovations of the marching band practice area. The board will vote on the proposal at its 6 p.m. meeting Tuesday at 200 N. WS Young Drive.

The asphalt walkway leading to the band practice area experiences regular flooding and ponding, according to KISD. School officials said the water makes reaching the practice area especially difficult for band students with instruments and equipment on wheels.

The engineering firm will survey the existing topography and provide recommendations for repair. A separate proposal for construction to solve the flooding issue will be made to the board when the engineering work is completed.

The board is also expected to approve hiring Jerry Kyle, attorney with Orrick, as KISD bond counsel. Kyle has served as bond counsel for KISD for approximately 20 years.

The school board on Tuesday also is expected to approve the hiring of Engineered Exteriors to serve as waterproofing consultants to help solve 41 separate water infiltration issues at 15 schools. Engineered Exteriors will visit each location and will observe existing conditions, conduct water tests and complete selective demolition as needed.

The company will provide a report to document observations and testing and to make recommendations for repairs. The cost of the contract with Engineered Exteriors is not to exceed $209,000. | 254-501-7553

Herald staff writer

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We need an engineering firm to survey a "puddling" problem? This is the kind of thing that makes NO sense when it comes to spending tax payer money.

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