As a bond issue that would bring more than $420 million in improvements to the local school district moves closer to a deadline to vote, the Killeen Independent School District Board of Trustees will meet for a workshop Tuesday evening to discuss the latest updates.

The KISD board must vote to call the May 5 bond election prior to a Feb. 16 deadline. That vote is expected to happen at the Feb. 13 board meeting.

During the workshop, the board will hear a recommendation to award over $70,000 in endowed scholarships to high school seniors.

The proposed design for a new elementary school will also be reviewed by the board during the workshop. Scheduled to be built on Morganite Lane in Killeen at a cost of $37.1 million, it is scheduled to open for the 2019-2020 school year, and would be paid out of existing district funds — not the proposed $426 million bond.

Also on the agenda is a review of the memorandum of understanding with the Temple College Texas Bioscience Institute for the 2018-2019 school year. Temple College has offered STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — programming to high school students from KISD.

Estimates for student enrollment during the 2018-2019 school year will be presented to the board, with a projected increase of 1.29 percent. That would bring the student population in KISD schools to nearly 45,000.

Other items for discussion at the workshop will be KISD goals and board priorities for the 2018-2019 school year, and board operating procedures, norms and ethics.

The KISD board workshop will begin at 6 p.m. at the district’s administrative office, 200 N. W.S. Young Drive.

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