By Andy Ross

Killeen Daily Herald

Killeen Independent School District Trustees moved quickly through the regular portion of their monthly board meeting Tuesday night, approving in one motion a consent agenda that included a $1.25 million capital improvement request and a number of other items.

The capital improvement project will be awarded to Lochridge-Priest and involves the replacement of 93 HVAC units across 12 KISD campuses. The project also includes the installation of energy management control devices at two of those campuses.

In a board workshop in March, executive director of facilities services Max Cleaver said many of the units proposed for replacement are malfunctioning before the end of their life cycles due to faulty heat exchangers. Cleaver said the company that manufactured the HVAC units in question is no longer being considered by KISD.

The district's Capital Improvement Fund - surplus money from the current fiscal year - will fund the HVAC units and the energy management control devices. The district's much larger Strategic Facilities Plan will fund a $50,500 project to install HVAC "kill-switches." That project is included in the $1.25 million price tag. The kill-switches are for doors at 17 elementary play gyms where air-conditioning was installed last year.

The other items included in the approved consent agenda were: awarding of bids for band, choir, cheerleader and auxiliary uniforms and accessories; the proclamation for school nutrition employee recognition week May 2-6; a contract with Central Texas College to provide career and technology courses; meal prices for 2010-11; and a review of qualified brokers authorized to engage in investment transactions with KISD.

In other business, trustees unanimously approved innovative math electives for the next school year as well as a request for 16 courses that will be added to the Career Academy set to open in the 2012-13 school year.

After moving through the regular agenda, board members convened in closed session to discuss employment and assignments and real property for future district use. They reconvened in open session but took no action before going back into executive session to discuss a number of parent grievances.

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