While it has yet to break ground on its 33rd elementary school, the Killeen Independent School District is already taking steps to prepare for another campus.
Killeen ISD’s Board of Trustees voted Oct. 8 to approve the purchase of 13.5 acres of land in the southern portion of the district. Administrators confirmed this week the land will be used for another elementary school.
According to Kirk Thomas, the special assistant to the deputy superintendent, the land is located in the Cosper Ridge Subdivision, north of Chaparral Road and across from the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery on State Highway 195. The cost of the land is $236,250.
The purchase comes while the district is gearing up to begin construction on its 33rd elementary school. The board is currently considering names for “Elementary School 33,” and will likely vote on one during its next regular meeting in November.
The 33rd elementary school will be on 21½ acres near the intersection of Clear Creek Road and Mohawk Drive. 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 estimated cost for the project is $19.5 million, and construction is slated to begin in March. It will be open to students for the 2014-2015 school year.