Gateway Middle School students returned to their home campus after being displaced by a fire last fall.

Killeen Independent School District Deputy Superintendent John Craft confirmed Thursday that students were moved back to their original campus on Zephyr Road, which is also home to Gateway High School.

About 100 Gateway Middle School students were moved to a temporary facility on Atkinson Avenue in Killeen after a fire destroyed a significant portion of the Zephyr Road campus in September 2012.

“The goal was to get those students back into a brick-and-mortar building,” Craft said.

The blaze destroyed the school’s offices, and much of the facility sustained heavy smoke and water damage.

In April, the district’s board of trustees voted to fund the construction, relocation and repairs to the damaged portion of the facility and have it ready for the current school year.

Craft told board members the district received about $678,000 after the fire from its insurance company.

The consolidation brings middle school students back to their home campus, and means some staff and administrators will no longer have to split time between two Gateway sites.

“It allows us to be able to share staff in certain speciality areas, like (English Language Learning),” Craft said.

Contact Chris McGuinness at or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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