Austin-based firm, Gibson Consulting Group will present its long-awaited special education audit report to the public and the Killeen Independent School District board of trustees tonight.

According to the internal audit report, released late Friday, the district’s special education department is in need of a “major program overhaul.”

Local school board candidates, organization leaders and parents are expected to address the board on issues surrounding the special education department this evening.

Members of a selective Killeen ISD parent advisory board are also expected to be in attendance.

The Killeen ISD’s special education program lacks accountability measures, efficient staffing numbers and district-wide program consistency, according to the report. Also, the district failed more special education students than the state average and has fewer teachers per student than the state.

In addition, the Killeen school district ranks below state average on dollars spent per special education student.

“The audit found that, beyond the Texas Education Agency investigation of noncompliance, the district’s special education program is in need of a major overhaul to improve effectiveness, compliance and efficiency,” according to the document.

About 5,000 special needs students are affected by the program’s deficiencies, identified in the audit.

Some 37 percent of Killeen ISD special-needs students are children of military servicemen and women stationed at Fort Hood.

The school board meeting begins at 6 p.m. and is open to the public. It takes place at the Killeen ISD administration building, 200 N. W.S. Young Drive in Killeen.

Members of the public wishing to speak to the board on any issue may do so during the public forum portion of the meeting.

Follow the Herald’s education reporter on Twitter for the breaking coverage of Monday’s meeting @LaurenEDodd.

Contact Lauren Dodd at ldodd@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7568

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