EDUCATION

With the potential $426 million bond issue inching 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 bond election prior to a Feb. 16 deadline. That vote is on the KISD bond calendar for the Feb. 13 board meeting.

Should the KISD bond issue be approved by the board, and by voters on the May 5 ballot, the slate of projects that would be put into motion are:

• Renovations to bring existing campuses into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and address security/safety issues.

• A new high school to open for the 2022-2023 school year, though Superintendent John Craft has said construction could be delayed if the City of Killeen and others don’t make road improvements.

• 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.

• A new elementary school to open for the 2022-2023 school year.

• Renovation and expansion of Clifton Park Elementary School, with partial rezoning of Bellaire Elementary School.

• Renovations to Killeen High School.

The proposed design for a new elementary school will 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.

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.

The district provides transportation and other costs for its students to participate in the program, providing them a chance to earn an associate degree while completing their last two years of high school.

Superintendent John Craft has mentioned at recent board meetings, due to the implementation of STEM programs in KISD middle and high schools, and agreements with Central Texas College, sending KISD students to the Temple College program may be re-examined.

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.

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

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

254-501-7568 | jferraro@kdhnews.com

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