A summary of the three bond steering committee meetings held so far in November will be presented to the Killeen Independent School District board of trustees during a board workshop this evening.
The committee met Nov. 2, Nov. 9 and Nov. 16, to discuss the reasons for a potential bond issue, and the timing. The committee is charged with formulating a recommendation that includes projects and costs at the KISD board’s Dec. 12 meeting.
So far, the bond steering committee has prioritized proposed projects according to a weighed, ranked scale.
Those projects, in order of importance, are:
- Security and renovations to bring existing schools into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- New high school (to open for the 2022-2023 school year).
- Consolidate East Ward and West Ward elementary schools into one new school building.
- Consolidate Pershing Park, Sugar Loaf, and part of Bellaire elementary schools into one new school building.
- Clifton Park Elementary School renovation, with partial consolidation of Bellaire Elementary.
- New middle school (to open for the 2026-2027 school year).
- Killeen High School renovations.
The total for these projects is about $500 million. Another $200-plus million in projects remain under consideration on the priorities list.
That list should be finalized at the bond steering committee’s meeting Thursday.
An expansion to the KISD Career Center, 1320 Stagecoach Road, is also on the agenda for discussion at the KISD board workshop today.
The Career Center expansion is listed on the district’s Strategic Facility Plan with an opening date of Fall 2020. The cost is listed as “TBD” — to be determined.
Available district funds would cover the expansion’s cost, according to John Craft, KISD superintendent.
Other items on the board’s workshop agenda include selection of a waterproofing consultant, and discussion of flooring and painting lifecycle replacement pricing for the 2018 fiscal year.
The board workshop will begin at 6 p.m. at the KISD administrative office, 200 N. W.S. Young Drive.