By Candace Birkelbach
Killeen Daily Herald
The Killeen Independent School District board approved some renovations that will be made at schools soon.
A schematic design to remodel administrative offices at Killeen High School was approved at a meeting Tuesday night.
The renovations are being made at the request of Killeen High Principal Mike Sibberson, who wants to make administrative offices more accessible. The estimated cost of these renovations is $2.4 million. The district also is working on a design to renovate the bus lane and parking lot at KHS to streamline student pickup after school.
The board also approved a guaranteed maximum price for elementary school kitchen renovations at Clear Creek, Cedar Valley, Hay Branch, Mountain View, Nolanville, Pershing Park and Reeces Creek. The approved maximum price was set at $4.4 million.
The board also issued an order authorizing the issuance, sale and delivery of KISD unlimited tax refunding bonds in the amount of $9.1 million. The board approved this item with the following limitations: to not exceed an interest rate of 4.75 percent and to have a net present value savings of $400,000.
The board made an adjustment in a local policy regarding residency requirements. Residency may now be used in consideration of employment for candidates in the superintendent's cabinet. The cabinet includes the deputy superintendent, assistant superintendents, chief of staff and instructional leaders. The board will have the final say-so on using residency as a factor in employment consideration.
Board member Ron Rainosek said living in the community you work in, gives employees an invested interest in the district.
A public forum was also conducted.
Patricia Rivera, parent of an Ellison High School student, addressed the board with concerns about requirements of the district's cosmetology program.
Rivera said her daughter will not be able to take the state cosmetology exam because she is 72 hours short of the 1,000-hour requirement.
Rivera pointed out that it is hard for students to meet this requirement because they lose instruction time while traveling to the facility. Rivera said only one out of 25 students enrolled in the program this year will be able to take the exam.
The matter will be discussed at the next regular board meeting.
A special meeting is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, and a regular workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, May 27. Both will be at the administration building at 200 N. W.S. Young Drive in Killeen.
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