The Killeen Independent School District spends considerably less on school construction costs compared to most state school districts, according a report released Monday by the Texas comptroller’s office.
Of the 865 districts analyzed, the average construction costs for districts statewide was $154 per square foot. The compared data, which was collected for all school facilities built since 2007, showed prekindergarten and high school facilities were the most expensive to construct, averaging $167 and $163 per square foot respectively .
Killeen ISD officials spent around $125 per square foot on school construction. The district has built six schools since 2007. Pathways Academic Campus, which was built in 2011, tops the scale for the most expensive construction project, averaging $186 per square foot.
According to reports, the building spans 40,303 square feet and can hold 500 students.
Pathways Academic Campus is a high school campus designed for students who are behind in academic credit and offers individualized instruction, according to its website.
The cheapest building constructed since 2007 was Haynes Elementary School, which cost $101 per square foot. The 121,531-square- foot building was built in 2011 and holds 974 students.
The Copperas Cove Independent School District averaged above the state average, spending $189 per square foot for construction.
The Lampasas Independent School District beat the state average as well, spending $194 per square foot.
Killeen ISD officials were not available for comment Monday.