The Killeen Independent School District Board of Trustees will hear from consultants regarding the potential $426 million bond issue at the regular meeting Tuesday evening.
Representatives of the law firm Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP and RBC Capital Markets will discuss the language for calling a bond election for May 5 and a tax rate analysis.
A draft of the ballot language will be reviewed during the meeting, along with extensive information on the tax increase for property owners.
Those owning a home with an assessed value of $150,000 with a homestead exemption would see a yearly property tax increase of approximately $169.
The recommendation projects to be included in the bond issue are:
• Renovations to bring existing campuses into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and address security/safety issues.
• New high school to open for the 2022-2023 school year.
• Consolidation of East Ward and West Ward elementary schools with construction of a new East Ward school.
• Consolidation of Pershing Park and Sugar Loaf elementary schools, with partial rezoning of Bellaire Elementary School, and construction of a new Pershing Park school.
• New elementary school to open for the 2022-2023 school year.
• Renovate and expand Clifton Park Elementary School, with partial rezoning of Bellaire Elementary School.
• Renovations to Killeen High School.
The board is scheduled to vote on whether to call the bond election at its Feb. 13 meeting.
Also on Tuesday, the KISD board will hold a public hearing on a number of annual reports.
The Texas Academic Performance Report, which provides information on the performance of students in each school and districts in Texas every year.
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board report provides student performance information on students who graduate from our district and enter a Texas public college or university.
The Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) Financial Standard Report provides actual financial information from the 2015-2016 fiscal year.
Another locally generated report on violent and criminal incidents in the school district will be part of the public hearing.
The board will vote at Tuesday’s meeting on whether to terminate contract negotiations with Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. for 2018 roofing life cycle replacement consulting services, based on conversations with the firm and delays in correspondence.
Board members will hear a report from McCreary, Veselka, Bragg and Allen, P.C. regarding the collection of delinquent taxes dating back to 2013. The firm has sent over 48,000 delinquent tax notices, filed nearly 300 delinquent tax lawsuits, recovered 125 judgments and posted over 120 properties for sale due to delinquent taxes.
According to the information to be presented, MVBA has collected nearly $3 million in delinquent taxes for the years 2013 through 2016.
MVBA is not paid by KISD for collection services. Their fees are paid by the delinquent property owners.
The meeting will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the administration building, 200 N. W.S. Young Drive. The board will immediately adjourn into closed session to discuss settlement of litigation and a parent level III grievance. The regular meeting will commence at 6 p.m.