EDUCATION

While the biggest project for the Killeen Independent School District in 2018 may be ensuring the $426 million bond issue passes on the May 5 ballot, quite a few other projects are in the works for the district in the coming year.

Two school construction projects will be starting by summer, an elementary school on Morganite Lane in Killeen estimated to cost $37.1 million. It is scheduled to open for the 2019-2020 school year.

A middle school on Warriors Path in Harker Heights will cost about $54 million and open for the 2020-2021 school year.

Two KISD board of trustees seats will be up for election May 5. The seats are currently held by Minerva Trujillo and JoAnn Purser. The term for these seats is three years. Candidate packets will be available beginning Tuesday at the KISD deputy superintendent’s office, 200 N. W.S. Young Drive between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The filing period for candidates is from Jan. 17 to Feb. 16.

KISD’s new high school STEM program will commence for the 2018-2019 school year, in conjunction with Central Texas College.

The results of a follow-up audit of KISD’s special education program by Gibson Consulting Group of Austin is due sometime in 2018. KISD is paying $21,000 for this audit.

The 2018 Texas Education Agency school accountability ratings will be released in November, indicating whether KISD schools continue to meet statewide standards.

Should the KISD bond issue pass in May, the slate of projects which will 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.

• 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 Bond Steering Committee, a group of more than 40 parents and community members, took on the incredibly important responsibility of helping Killeen ISD review facilities needs and make recommendations to the school board for potential bond package projects to create better school facilities for Killeen ISD students,” said KISD Superintendent John Craft.

“Better schools and better instructional facilities benefit student learning enormously, and that benefits all taxpayers of Killeen ISD.”

254-501-7568 | jferraro@kdhnews.com

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