By Chris McGuinness
Killeen Daily Herald
Killeen Independent School District trustees will see at least one new face at meetings following the May 12 election.
Board president Ron Rainosek announced at the board's meeting Tuesday that he will not seek re-election in May.
"I have been privileged to see a lot of positive changes in (the district)," said Rainosek, a trustee for nearly seven years. "But it's just like retirement; you kind of know when it's time."
Rainosek, 65, a retired dentist from Harker Heights, was appointed to the board in January 2005 to replace Brad Buckley.
Rainosek ran uncontested for the seat later that year and was re-elected in 2009.
Rainosek made his announcement just after the board voted unanimously to call for an election in May.
Though Rainosek is stepping down, trustee Minerva Trujillo will run again. Trujillo said she filed paperwork seeking re-election earlier this month.
"I hope to continue serving the children of Killeen," Trujillo said.
As of Tuesday, no one else has filed to run for Rainosek's seat. Candidate filing ends March 5.
Also Tuesday, the board voted to accept staffing allocations for the 2012-13 school year, which included 35 fewer elementary school teaching positions.
Steve Cook, the district's executive director for personnel services, reiterated the district's claim that all 35 positions would be lost through attrition, and noted that the total number of full-time employees, 6047.9, had not changed from the current school year.
Superintendent Robert Muller said that the staff allocation was a critical step in planning for the next school year.
"This drives our staffing and our budget," said Muller. "It helps us know what jobs to post, and for what positions."
In addition to the loss of the 35 elementary teaching positions, the district will gain about six high school teachers for its new career center, as well as 25.5 paraprofessionals, such as nursing and special education aides.
Cook said the 2012-13 allocations are based on projected enrollments at the district's schools. According to a recent report, the district projected its total enrollment to grow by 739 students next year.
Predicting how individual campuses will grow is more difficult, Cook said.
"There are just a lot of variables when you get down to that level," said Cook.
The only staff not included in the report, Cook said, are the school district's nutrition staff. That staffing issue will be brought before the board as a separate item in March.
The board also voted to approve several other items Tuesday, including "as needed" bids for instructional supplies, accepting a $59,000 check from the KISD Education Foundation for various grants, and selecting an architect and construction manager for a $4.7 million construction project to add classrooms to Reeces Creek Elementary School.
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