The Killeen Independent School District is another step closer to building its 33rd elementary school, as members of the district’s board of trustees approved the construction cost of the new facility.

The trustees voted 7-0 to set a guaranteed maximum price for the construction of the new school at just more than $15.7 million during a meeting Tuesday morning.

In February, the board approved platting documents for the school that were then sent to the city of Killeen and are pending approval. Board members approved the school’s final design in October and selected Temple-based Cloud Construction as the contractor for the new school in August.

A guaranteed maximum-price contract includes the cost of the work plus the contractor’s fee and general conditions not to exceed the $15.7 million ceiling. The contractor is held responsible for cost overruns, unless the guaranteed maximum price is increased with the district’s approval.

“Of the 19 past projects performed using this method, the district received over $3.09 (million) in returned savings,” a statement from the district read. “This approach proves to be an efficient and cost effective means for constructing and renovating facilities.”

The district’s yet-to-be-named 33rd elementary school will serve children in kindergarten through fifth grade, and will be located on 21½ acres of land near the intersection of Clear Creek Road and Mohawk Drive in Killeen.

The school will feature 52 classrooms, as well as specialized rooms for art, music, science, special education and a computer lab. The school also will house a library and cafeteria.

The school is being built in part to cope with continuing growth in KISD. Districtwide, preliminary enrollment projections estimated an increase of about 430 new students in the district next school year.

The district will break ground on the new school this year. It hopes to complete the project by July 2014 and open the school to students in the fall of that year.

In other action, trustees addressed overcrowding in the district by voting to change attendance zones for Saegert, Mountain View, Timber Ridge, Liberty Hill and Union Grove schools for the 2013-14 school year.

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

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