After working in the Killeen Independent School District for more than 40 years, Marvin Rainwater is looking forward to volunteering his time as a school board member.

Rainwater was elected to Place 4 of the Killeen ISD board of trustees May 10 after receiving about 50 percent of the total votes. He will be sworn in at the board’s next meeting at 6 p.m. May 27.

Rainwater said he looks forward to joining the other six members of the board and jumping right into the issues they’ve been dealing with, including hiring a new superintendent and finding the best insurance plan for employees.

“The other board members, some of those guys I’ve known a long time and have good relationships with, so I’m really optimistic of working with them as part of a team,” said Rainwater, who recently retired as executive director of the KISD Career Center. “The first thing I’d like to look at, of course, is the superintendent. We’re going to have to make some decisions about how we’re going to hire the superintendent or what process is involved in that decision.”

Rainwater also said it’s important to get input from teachers and the community.

When it comes to potential problems, like health insurance for employees, Rainwater said he wants to know how the board is going to manage it as a team.

“Probably the most important piece of that is how in the world are we going to work next year as a board to make sure we understand what we want in terms of employees’ health insurance and how we define the process to get that insurance into place,” Rainwater said.

Although he recently retired, Rainwater said he’s still connected to the district.

“I still feel like I know the issues of the district and have some sensitivity to what’s going on,” he said. “I appreciate the opportunity to serve. I think it’s going to be fun, but I think it’s going to be a lot of work.”

Contact Sarah Rafique at or (254) 501-7553. Follow her on Twitter at SarahRafique.

I'm the education reporter at the Killeen Daily Herald. Follow me on Twitter at

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