EDUCATION

Work on new facilities in the Killeen Independent School District from the voter-approved bond program could begin as early as next year, according to district officials.

Construction of a new elementary school to serve Pershing Park Elementary School, Sugar Loaf Elementary School and a partial number of Bellaire Elementary School students is scheduled to begin in February 2019.

Renovation to Killeen High School is scheduled to begin May 2019. Pending land purchase, construction of the district’s 36th elementary school is also scheduled to begin that month.

The consolidation of East Ward and West Ward elementary schools on the existing East Ward site is scheduled to begin in August 2019.

Construction of the district’s sixth high school is scheduled to begin in February 2020.

Renovation to Clifton Park Elementary School is scheduled to begin June 2020.

Safety and security improvements will be underway in “the next couple of weeks,” according to Executive Director of Facilities Adam Rich, likely taking six to eight months and potentially longer in some instances. ADA improvements are planned to be underway later this year following a state inspection and report on all KISD facilities, he said.

Since the bond program was approved by the school board in February to be included on the May 5 ballot, district officials have said relief from school overcrowding and removal of portables will come by 2022.

Architect and engineer selections will be presented to the school board for approval in the June board meeting. If approved, contracts will be presented to the board in July.

The Texas Professional Services Procurement Act requires KISD to first select design professionals based on qualifications. Fees are negotiated with the selected firm only.

mpayne@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7553

Herald staff writer

(1) comment

MAJAG89

So hopefully at the June meeting, KISD will explain why they are trying to put a 1,000 student capacity building on an 8.0 acre lot, when their own construction consultant firm recommends building a school like that on a 20-acre lot. Especially considering the district owns 16-acres between Westward and the old Fairway Middle school lot off of Dean Avenue.
Also hope they do a traffic study to account for tripling the bus traffic at old East Ward site on Rancier.
How many of the 200 over capacity students at Peebles Elementary just 1.8 miles away from Westward and even closer to East Ward are going to get rezoned to the new school?
How long before portables end up on that tiny 8.0 acre lot? Bet it's sooner than you suspect.
Just doesn't make sense to build on Rancier.
Should build on the old Fairway lot. Don't skimp KISD.
Remember it's FOR THE KIDS.
Built it right. Don't waster our tax dollars.

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