The top-ranked projects proposed for inclusion on the Killeen Independent School District potential bond issue total $487 million.
Rankings were compiled from Thursday night’s bond steering committee meeting and reported Friday by KISD chief communications officer Terry Abbott.
The top priority is improving security at existing KISD schools, along with disability access renovations to bring the schools into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Abbott said in a news release Friday.
Next on the priority list are a new high school to open in 2022, consolidation of East Ward and West Ward elementary schools through building a new school, and consolidation of Pershing Park, Sugar Loaf and Bellaire elementary schools through building a new school.
Also deemed high priority projects are the construction of a new elementary school to open in 2022, renovations to Clifton Park Elementary School and construction of a new middle school, set to open in 2026.
The bond steering committee will meet again Nov. 30 to finalize a recommendation for the bond issue, to be presented to the KISD Board of Trustees at its Dec. 12 meeting. The board must vote by the Feb. 16 deadline to call a bond election for the May 5, 2018, ballot.
At a Nov. 9 bond meeting, RBC Capital presented scenarios for a $175 million, $350 million or $500 million bond issue, with the annual impact to property taxes ranging from $44 to $209 on a home valued at $150,000 with a homestead exemption.
All information about the bond steering committee meetings can be found on the website: www.killeenisdbsc.org. The public can also submit questions and comments about the bond process on the website.
By the numbers: KISD projects
|Security, disabilities access renovations||5.0||To be determined|
|New high school (Open 2022)||4.9||$150-171 million|
|New school consolidate East/West Ward ES||4.7||$39-$45 million|
|New Pershing Park ES, consolidate Sugar Loaf, part of Bellaire||4.6||$44-$52 million|
|Elementary School #36 (Open 2022)||4.3||$43-$45 million|
|Clifton Park ES renovation/Bellaire ES consolidation||4.3||$44-$52 million|
|Middle School #15 (Open 2026)||4.1||$52-$70 million|
|Killeen High School renovation||4.0||$44-$52 million|
|Peebles ES renovation/expansion||3.9||$44-$52 million|
|Harker Heights Elementary renovation/expansion||3.8||$44-$52 million|
|Elementary School #37 (Open 2025)||3.8||$48-$58 million|
|Elementary School #38 (Open 2027)||3.4||$51-$65 million|
|Gateway HS/MS renovation||1.4||$44-$52 million|