EDUCATION

The Killeen Independent School District board of trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to approve seven class-size waivers for kindergarten through fourth grades.

The waivers ranged from one additional student at Trimmier, Skipcha, West Ward and Cavazos Elementary schools to seven additional students at Dr. Joseph A. Fowler Elementary School.

The average class size for grades K-4 in KISD schools is 22 students.

The board’s action came during a lengthy meeting that began with an hourlong closed session at 4:30 p.m. and continued for five hours, with 27 discussion items.

As of 9:30 p.m., the board reconvened into closed session to discuss pending litigation.

Board members JoAnn Purser and Susan Jones were absent from Tuesday’s meeting.

In other action, the board in a collective vote on its consent agenda unanimously approved the 2018 dental plan with Blue Cross, Blue Shield.

That same vote awarded bids and proposals to over 200 vendors who supply printing services, awards, office supplies, building maintenance, equipment, elevator maintenance, material handling equipment and other items.

Also, the KISD policy regarding purchasing and acquisition received its annual review and approval. Any contract or purchase order above $50,000 requires approval by the KISD board, unless exempted by the policy.

Also approved was the memorandum of understanding between KISD and Variety’s Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children in Killeen.

That facility will receive $165,000 from KISD special education funds for hosting student field trips and staff professional development opportunities.

Gary Looney — with Alamo Insurance Group, San Antonio — gave a comprehensive presentation on proposals for KISD’s 2018 health care insurance plan.

The board voted 4-0 to approve the recommendation to continue with health plans offered by Aetna. Board member Carlyle Walton, who is CEO of Metroplex Hospital, abstained from voting on this matter.

During the public comment portion of the meeting, one mother of three first-graders at Clarke Elementary School at Fort Hood expressed concern with delays in the cafeteria lines at breakfast time, causing students to be marked tardy.

Board President Corbett Lawler assured her that Superintendent John Craft and his staff would investigate the matter.

Another mother reported how her daughter, a student at Harker Heights High School, was being bullied. She voiced her frustration that school personnel were not dealing with the problem.

Lawler assured her that Craft and his staff would contact her further to discuss the matter.

Many of the board’s votes on other matters took place after press time and will be reported at a later date.

254-501-7568 | jferraro@kdhnews.com

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