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Killeen ISD deals with city’s growth

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Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 4:30 am

The Killeen Independent School District is considering at least two new construction projects to cope with growth in the southern part of the district.

At a regular meeting Tuesday, the district’s Board of Trustees and administrators continued discussions about building a satellite transportation facility.

The facility, which would be located in the southern portion of the district, would likely house 100 of KISD’s 269 school buses. Currently, all of the district buses and its transportation department are housed next to KISD’s main administrative office, located off W.S. Young Drive.

“All our transportation assets are here ... but the growth in the district is south,” said Kirk Thomas, the district’s special assistant to the deputy superintendent. “Right now, there’s a lot of time going back and forth.”

Currently there are no solid designs for the facility, but according to the presentation given by Thomas, the facility would sit on 12 to 15 acres of land and include room for the 100 buses, a 12,000-gallon fuel tank and 5,000-square-foot building that would allow light maintenance on the buses.

The estimated total cost for the project is more than $3.8 million. The district has not purchased any land for the facility.

Board members also heard a presentation on the possibility of expanding Mountain View Elementary School to cope with an expected growth in the southern tier of the district.

John Craft, the district’s deputy superintendent, said KISD is looking at adding 12 additional classrooms to the campus, and would like to have them completed and open to students for the 2014 school year.

“As our growth moves towards the south, we feel Mountain View will need these additions,” Craft said. “We need to begin that planning process this year.”

Mountain View currently has 46 classrooms, three of which are housed in portable buildings. Craft said the tentative cost of the additions would be about $6.6 million. Like the transportation facility, the project was presented as informational and the board members took no vote on either item.

Other items addressed by the board Tuesday included approving the district’s 2012 tax roll, approving improvement plans for the district and Willow Springs Elementary School, and approving new course offerings at some middle and high schools.

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