To the Editor:

The KISD bond proposal goes beyond a normal response. KISD needs to get its act together.

Too long the board has been comprised of real estate locals and wannabees. The Bond Steering Committee is just a subset of it.

KISD doesn’t need more “facilities”;  they need to provide our kids a quality education.

A superintendent with a modicum of sense seeks this as his mission. A great portion of our student population is comprised of the children of Fort Hood soldiers, many of whom come from the Department of Defense Education Activity system.

The commander of III Corps and Fort Hood certainly has some skin in this game.

KISD doesn’t need more “facilities”: it needs to make the best of what it’s got.

The KISD Board is a “good ole boys” club — heavy on real-estate interests — just as the Bond Steering Committee. I feel it has come to the point of requiring KISD to improve the quality of education to our children, PERIOD!

Quality is in the eyes of the beholder, We want only “met standard” by TEA as the goal, OK!

We don’t need a half-billion-dollar facility/capital improvement bond to do it.

We have no metrics to measure the quality of our education; I suggest we adopt the federal standard — 85 percent across the board — establish standards-aligned curriculum.

Check out PAISD and DoDEA for examples. Whenever we choose to please ALL; we please NONE.

We’ve got a KISD-Cify of Killeen cabal where fiscal incompetence feeds fiscal incompetence.

With the mayor and City Council, it can be understood: without a strong city manager, Killeen is in for more

$9 million deficits.

KISD has another consideration: if KISD can’t get its stuff together, what’s to prevent HH and Nolanville from going to Belton ISD? ... or, Fort Hood subscribing to DoDEA support?

Hank Glaister

Harker Heights

(15) comments

Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer.
@dailymajor: We have drifted so for off of the subject of the KISD bond issue, it's not even funny.

This whole discourse has degenerated to you trying to say I don't know what I am talking about, to you saying I 'show your inferiority complex regularly, in many ways, by trying to boast of your imagined intellectual superiority, wisdom, and superior understanding. You really need to work on that'.

This is one of your statements: Copy: ' get over it'. That's one h*ll of a statement from a man as educated as say you are.

Copy: 'You, nobody else....If you are going to throw out rumors, opinions, and unsubstantiated facts, at least have the guts and courage to put out names with those accusations....' End of copy.
I did follow up with a couple of names that you should be familiar with. It was not that many names but I did comply with 'names that are on the KISD District Committee and city administration.

Now I will repeat some of my statements which are: 'my throwing out rumors, opinions, and unsubstantiated facts, my point is, 'as I see it, and I will repeat it, so not attack me personally, not professionally, but personally, as you have done continuously during this escapade, 'this city has been in concert with the KISD in that the powers to be were in cahoots starting with the addressing the fact that there was a need to secure housing right outside of, but adjacent to the lands that are outside of the city limits of Killeen. This was necessary to secure the land, if it wasn't already purchased, and build homes on the outskirts of the city limits. In my opinion, this was a concerted effort by the powers to be of this city and the and in conjunction, plan so that the south side of this city would be so that KISD that would plan on this as the future development of Killeen. This then has been the plan for the last two to 3 years and it has come to pass that this now has been the plan for Killeen and the KISD. Now you can guffaw all you want, but this has been shown in later developments, that the school, KISD, presented their plan and it was closely by the Killeen future development, and bond issue and it has been substantiated by newspaper articles that have been produced dating back for the last 3 months or so. Now if you question the newspaper articles, I must tell you that 'this newspaper and it's articles are the only thing we have as this city and this school district does not present very much'.

So again, I would question 'why it is necessary to present an annual budget that encorporates 73 percent of the city budget going to public and safety, and at the same time this city, in my personal opinion is addressing a $46.1 million dollar bond and the KISD is addressing a $426 million dollar bond' when it used to be that a city and/or a school district was supposed to stay within the confines of a structured budget, but that does not seem to be the case, as was illustrated by the writer, 'we are still paying on a 2002 bond issue and now they are asking us for more, and the city is doing the same thing.

Again, it is my opinion that the city should address a budget that is above board, out in the open, that will address the issues confronting this city, and a KISD that proposes a bond issue of $426 million that is concert with a city bond issue of $46.1 million for roadways that coincides with this KISD effort, is really stretching it, that is 'in my opinion'. And a city council that supports a KEDC with a 2 percent annual funding along with a directive to the city council that supports this KEDC to enter into contracts that does not hold this city harmless, and is a money producing venture, and that does not even present to this council for a vote, that keeps the whole council 'in the dark'. Is this the way a city should function????

And your statement about' my resume', I say to you; 'If one is pressing you for your background in planning, scheduling, estimating, one must supply the rudiments pertaining to your background, and to turn around delimit one's basic format, a resume, well it shows that one is not prepared to enter into a discussion and must get off of the primary subject and sling mud at the other. The picture that was presented of a fully functional, outline of a bond issue did not, in my opinion, 'cut the mustard' in that the figures that were presented to the general public were changed numerous times and did not even show the KISD getting in bed with the Architectural firm and the money, $49990 dollar figure that was under the budget restraint figure. To all of this I say shame on you.

You can sling all of the condescending remarks as you like, but people will see through it and see who you really are, a really small person, and that is my opinion of you.

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Alvin

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@dailymajor: Yep, you got me. You are 'one of those who have an air of superiority' with statements like 'I gave orders to all the engineers'. I have worked around engineers who have had a complex of 'you can't tell me anything' because I have a degree.
That's nice, but my reference did not include 'all engineer's, but only those that I was assigned to be over, assigned to me', not anyone else. I've worked around people just like you describe yourself and believe you me, I only associated with them in job related situations.

So you have a master's degree from 'UT', well again that's nice, your Mother should really be proud of you, for I know where you are going as my Dad once said to me 'how proud he was of me as I was able to progress in my chosen field of endeavor without his assistance', and I've never forgotten that message.

So you can keep up this mundane chatter if you want to, but bear in mind the tally in the newspaper in reference to this weeks question of 'where do you stand on whether or not to vote on the package to accept or reject the KISD bond and it keeps on saying that this package will go down at a margin of 'YES=22.8%' and 'NO=74.1%', but I guess you don't go by 'the view of the peons, you just go your own way'. But that is a 'norm' for the 'one's in an administrative circle, such as the city and I suppose the KISD, you don't worry about the small poop, because you already know what is best regardless of what it will cost the average citizen of this city.

Copy: 'You say KISD has never given figures out. Really? ..They have given figures concerning every aspect of the bond issue.' End of copy.

Oh really now. I've not read any fact or figures as to any specific structure, only a broadband estimated range of cost, and that is flexible. Nothing of any reasonable magnitude, only generalized estimates of cost with no plans or projections of cost.

And what about the KISD and it's ability to 'work within the parameters of a cost that is provided by the people. This KISD doesn't fit that bill at all with another bond being issued asking for 'another $426 million.

So you proceed on your own way of trying to convince the citizens to do it your way, as you are going to do it anyway. Never mind what the peons say or think because you are always right.

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dailymajor

Alvin, I do regret saying anything about my education. I told you I wasn't going to get into a "puffing" contest with you, but after you tried to impress with your so called "resume", I felt that I had to reply in kind, and....Yes, my mother and father are both proud of me, thanks........ You show your inferiority complex regularly, in many ways, by trying to boast of your imagined intellectual superiority, wisdom, and superior understanding. You really need to work on that.

I have said since the city bond was announced, that I thought that putting them so close together was a bad idea, trying to pass two bonds during the same period. It is definitely going to hurt the school bond's chances of passing, most certainly. I just hope people are looking to the future about what kind of city and school that they want. We will see.

KISD has been working"within the parameters" as you say, since 2002, with no raise in school taxes, but now, there are new needs and new necessities,... to put it very simply. Those are facts.....
I have not referred to the citizens, the "peons" as you call them, at all. I have been speaking directly to you. ...It's a futile effort, I know. Trying to reason with an unreasonable person is an exercise in futility. I do realize that,.. like I know that you can't teach a pig to sing opera.

I'll just say again, don't throw "facts" out that aren't facts. Make sure you differentiate your opinion from the truth, along with the facts. Don't make accusations about some very fine, responsible people when you have no idea about what you are talking about, and don't speak of rumors as truth, unless you can verify and name. Don't just try to impress with your acuity..............Finally, try to keep your diatribes down to a minimum. Your rants would probably be more effective if you can do that.

Alvin

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@dailymajor: you remind of another writer that appeared in this newspaper, and all they could talk about was mundane things, like how I misquoted a number, nothing of content, things of that sort, and they fell short as you are doing now. All you can talk about is my misquote of the census figures of the student body.

Now by the numbers, that was meant to be a facetious statement as 'I did not know there was such a button, but I'm glad you found it'. 'Good for you in your accomplishment'.

Now you continue to talk, just like the KISD, about your prowess in things related to a budget, but 'I have not seen any thing put down on paper for people to look at that is any way related to this budget of $426 million dollars that you, and KISD are touting. Where is it? Where are the budgetary figures that you do not quote? I don't think that they exist, just like your bantering about your prowess to match mine? I don't think that you have such qualifications. I know what I have done but I don't think you have such qualifications as you so meaningless tout.

And no, everything that I said was not out of a job description manual, it came from my resume. You know what a resume is don't you????

I don't see any statements as to your qualifications. At least I did publicize what my experience was, you haven't so I suppose you don't have any qualifications in which to offer, all you have is empty words.

And again I say that 'if all you can talk about is running other people down because of they won't vote for a bond without borders, one in which people cannot define the terms of just what are the facts of bond proposal, then you are one shallow individual. I say, 'place a bond proposal that spells out just what is entailed in the $426 million dollars for people to look at. If not then you cannot expect for people to fall in line and vote for this monstrosity. In other words, you are all talk without basis or merit, 'one who constantly flows out of open mouth without merit, just talk'.

And one other tidbit that I will pass on to you is, 'no, I do not have a bachelor's degree, I have an associates degree. I worked for my experience and knowledge up to the level where I was giving the orders to other engineers. Can you say that? I think you you have what the little boy shot at, 'nothing', or else you would state what qualifications you possess.

This in no way makes me want to vote for this $426 million dollar bond and I really won't vote for the city's $46.1 million dollar bond as I've said before, 'it is a boondoggle from the 'get-go'. Maybe there is something to be said by the writer, @eyewatchingu: 'the purpose of the article: 'Killeen police to partner with DOJ
Dec 21, 2017' and the real purpose of it. Hmm.

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dailymajor

Alvin, bless your heart, you should be the expert on being mundane, since you are the talking, talking, talking poster child for being petty and mundane....I never talked about my "prowess" at anything. I just relayed the information that you don't know anything about what you are trying to sound like an expert about. You say KISD has never given figures out. Really? ..They have given figures concerning every aspect of the bond issue. Haven't you kept up?...Or, are you too busy writing your next opinion column to keep up with silly little things like facts?...."your prowess to match mine"??? Poor baby, I never touted my "prowess", you are the one that wanted to start a "puffing" contest, by trying to tout all of your claimed accomplishments. You are correct, you do not see any statements about my qualifications. You are the one with an inferiority complex wanting to say, look at me, look at me...I am a little surprised, however, that you only have your associate's degree, not that there is anything wrong with that. That is an accomplishment, and I know you are proud, as you should be.... ..I just thought you probably had received your PHD. from Know-it-All University. ..I only have a Masters, from UT, but I am proud of that.....IF you were "giving orders" to other "engineers", ..that says a lot about the other engineers, Alvin..........When I have worked with engineers, I didn't give orders to the other engineers, I gave orders to all the engineers....I haven't been running anyone down, not even you, as easy as that would be. I have just been telling you to get some facts, then get them straight, and don't sling mud or unfounded, so called "facts" that are obviously nothing but your opinions, as flawed as they may be.
..Again, I feel no need to get into a "puffing" contest with you,simply because you have so many insecurities, but you can go ahead and try to brag on yourself as much as you like..and need to do for your own ego. Just try your best to separate your tainted opinions from the truth.

Alvin

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@dailymajor: so sorry I did not follow up in your answer as to 'why your reply's are not in chronological order'. And your answer was 'I click the reply indicator'. Oh OK I guess.

But as to your statement, 'You really have no idea whatsoever about budgets, assets, facilities, needs sources of income, costs, not even the number of students in KISD, you didn't have a clue. You just threw out a number'

And you think that KISD throwing the number $250 million, $400 million, $700 million, and $426 million is not shooting in the dark, and I'm throwing out these numbers so don't come back to me with numbers that I may have not been correct on...

I can place my management skills beside yours and we can see who has more experience in planing, scheduling, design preparation, cost preparation, and what is needed in facilities, and the number I quoted were 'shots in the dark'.

I have worked for major engineering houses that are world wide and projects that I have been associated with, now read these words carefully, I have been associated with includes asset planning and scheduling, cost preparation in accordance with the above, design preparation that included the cost factoring, and commissioning which included the planning and scheduling, manpower development and the associated operational training of the clients personnel.

Now what have you done besides run your mouth???? Really????

dailymajor

Alvin, I am certainly glad that it is ok for me to click the reply indicator,...I probably couldn't sleep tonight if it wasn't ok with you.

I stand by my statement that you know nothing about tax structures, budgets, how the monies are implemented, long range planning, facilities, staffing, future projections, existing schools, future needs, etc.,etc. etc....for KISD..... Remember,.. you said KISD had 100,000 students.??...You don't have to try to impress me with your "management skills", Alvin. Everything you said sounds like it came straight out of a job description manual,definition, or pamphlet...and ...to put it kindly, I find what you say very, very hard to believe...even though I read your words "carefully", as you said.... Would you like to try to impress me by telling me the firms you worked for? Your degree? I hope not........Yes, Alvin, I would match my qualifications with you in any way that you would like, ( I know, I should really, really be impressed)

You talking about anyone else in this world "running their mouth"...is both humorous and sad. You must really not have a clue. ....Haven't you wondered about people turning away, going a different direction when they see you coming?

Alvin

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killer Patriot: I'll speak to your comment first.

You say that 'the Killeen Daily Herald will publish the article because they hate KSID'. That Sir/madam is an opinion and nothing more. You state that updating the existing buildings will do nothing more to make them larger. And you state that most classes at ellison have over 30 students per class and that 'no teacher can give quality education when they have to try and instruct30 plus students.

When
I was attending schools, both primary and secondary, we had 'over 30 students' in a classroom, sometimes in secondary education thee were in excess of 300 to 400 students. It is my opinion that 'it's not the fact of having more than 30 students, it's the fact that the teacher has to be acquainted, and enthused about the subject and the student to want to accept the course presented that determines the worth of the teacher/student compromise and presentation, not the number of students.

Now as to 'the newspaper hating the KISD, again, that is an opinion and nothing else. I have also read different articles that are presented as to 'the worth' of our school system and how they are rated'. So if you don't like an article, you read something that is pleasant and go with that.

Case in point: When I was reading about the Canadian pipeline, there were articles that said as to the worth of this country allowing to transport oil across our country, that it would provide 140,000 new jobs, and then it was set at 80,000 jobs, and it turned out that this pipeline would supply only 47 permanent jobs. Which number do you prefer​​​​????

The term, 'quality', that is a relative term and nothing more. A 'good teacher' that is trying to teach a subject, is rated on how proficient the teacher is. That is a fact of life.

Now as 'size of a structure', again you are postulating that size of a structure equates to worth. That is not true in each and every condition.

So as to your statement, 'get over it, that is not your choice to say 'get over it', it's not your money, but mine.

Now @dailymajor:
Copy: 'My tone? You are the one that has the "condescending" tone, assuming that you are the "all-knowing" one, trying to impress and even intimidate readers with your superior knowledge and accusations.'
Continuation of copy: ' You seem to perhaps have a complex or two that needs to be addressed...All I have done is answer your diatribes concerning KISD, it's leaders, and the school board.'
Continuation of copy: 'You, nobody else....If you are going to throw out rumors, opinions, and unsubstantiated facts, at least have the guts and courage to put out names with those accusations....' End of copy.

Well I'll start with the last one, Our mayor, Segarra is a known Realtor, and I can think of one of the builders, 'Purser' comes to mind that is somewhat involved in the KISD school. If you want more, I can certainly do my best in include them also.

There is no need 'to concern yourself with defending KISD, it's leaders, or the school board'. It is not necessary for you 'to defend' anybody, and it not your place 'to defend' the amount of money that is being asked for now.

Do you remember what I said, that it used to be the/a school district worked with the money that was presented to them by the home owner, and the school district made good use of these money's, possibility better than now. I went to chool in Texas an received a pretty good education. I have also been associated with the school system in California and I think that, for the most part, California is winning out.

Now as to 'my 'throwing out rumors, opinions, and unsubstantiated facts, my point is, 'as I see it, this city has been in concert with the KISD in that the powers to be were in cahoots starting with the addressing the fact that there was a need to secure housing right outside of, but adjacent to the lands that are right outside of the city limits of Killeen. This was necessary to secure the land, if it wasn't already purchased, and build homes just outside of the city limits. In my opinion,this was a concerted effort by the powers to be of this city and the KISD that this would/could be pushed through to completion.

The first step was the new water infrastructure, then it became the KISD and the building of a new high school in which the city had to invoke the roadways necessary to transport these new students from the 3,750 new homes that were to be built. And this has been the concerted effort all along with the introduction of the KISD school bond of up to $700 million and is now at the sum of $426 million and the introduction of roadway infrastructure that will entail the summation of the new high school at $171 million. In my opinion, this has all be addressed by this city and KISD for about the last 3 to 4 years. This city and it's inhabitants has been 'led down the garden path'. Now it's all speculation as no one is allowed to see what they do in their frequent secret meetings.

So I am of the opinion that if one does not address these issues, nothing will be done and I am one of the few who will address these issues.

Again, it is my opinion that the city should address a budget that is above board, out in the open, that will address the issues confronting this city and to say that 'we have to maintain a budget that is approximately 73 percent of the annual budget going to public safety issues, and a
KISD that proposes a bond issue of $426 million that is concert with a city bond issue of $46. million for roadways that coincides with this KISD effort, is really stretching it, that is 'in my opinion', but it's the only game in town in my book.

Now if you want to banter this around some more, feel free as I am more than delighted to 'air this city's dirty laundry some more'.

This has been the personal opinion of this writer and nothing shall be used, in context or without or changed in any way without first notifying, and receiving explicit approval from this writer.
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My tone? You are the one that has the "condescending" tone, assuming that you are the "all-knowing" one, trying to impress and even intimidate readers with your superior knowledge and accusations. You seem to perhaps have a complex or two that needs to be addressed...All I have done is answer your diatribes concerning KISD, it's leaders, and the school board. You, nobody else....If you are going to throw out rumors, opinions, and unsubstantiated facts, at least have the guts and courage to put out names with those accusations....
Tell us, categorically,as you say...just what real estate agents are involved in city government,the school board, and committees.,,,,, You will not, because you can't.....Which builders "control this town", Alvin? Please tell us.......You say the school district just threw out numbers for the bond "helter skelter"..lol. ..Sure they did, Alvin, sure they did. They just pulled out a number without comprehensive study of facilities, future needs, student populations, growth, and costs. You really ought to think, before you write.....You really have no idea whatsoever about budgets, assets, facilities, needs, sources of income,costs, ..not even the number of students in KISD, You didn't have a clue. You just threw out a number.
Finally, Alvin, you believe that "the content of a writer should fall in chronological order, but your answer is always below mine"...."Wonder why that is".."hmmm"....
lol...Bless your little heart, Alvin,the reason my replies to you are placed where they are is because I am replying to you, and I click the reply indicator. Sorry you are unhappy about that,.. also.

dailymajor

Alvin, you ramble on and on and on...going from one subject to the other, giving your opinion, insinuating, ranting. ..You tell Killeen Patriot he is giving "an opinion",nothing more. What have you been giving in your mini books that you write here? Certainly, very, very few facts......I don't think you had three or four hundred students in one class in high school. If you did, which I doubt, I'll guarantee you those classes weren't in classrooms designed for 20 or 25...I had a class in college that had 225 students....in an auditorium. If you had classes in primary and secondary public schools with "three or four hundred students in them" (which I doubt), that would be a real shame for a number of reasons. It wouldn't matter how great the teacher was.....You are "delighted to air out this city's dirty laundry"???? What laundry would that be. You have just given you opinions, as always..... The only thing being aired out is very apparently that space between your nose and your chin.

You did have the nerve to put out a couple of names, which was not a big stretch, since everyone knows Segarra is in real estate. He is our mayor...not on the school board.... Mrs. Purser is involved with building and is on the school board. Are you calling her character into question? I sincerely hope not. Are you saying that she makes decisions that are detrimental to KISD because of her vocation? FYI, Mrs.Purser is a first class lady, very, very intelligent, and very concerned about KISD and all of it's students.She is very, very knowledgeable about education and KISD...Again, are you calling her character, decisions, or motivations into question?... Any time that you would like to educate her, I am sure she would be open to discussion with you.

Your whole raving and ranting about the new homes being built just outside city limits as a result of KISD and the city's colluding is delusional and just crazy on your part. What would be the positive purpose?..Where do you get your visions? .....What "dirty laundry" are you airing. All you are doing is ranting with your opinions. I never noticed you before this topic,but looking back at some old papers, you apparently are an expert on all things and all issues, since you like to write in giving your opinions about everything... You are capable of ranting about anything....You throw out incorrect figures and facts consistently....You are not involved in the school business, on the school board, in administration,,or on a committee. You don't go to any of the meetings that are offered for information... You are not in city government, in any way, don't go to city council meetings, and don't go to any informational meetings,... yet, you are an expert about everything. .... Right?

Killeen patriot

So this article is nothing more than an uninformed citizen making comments on things which they do not understand. Of course, Killeen Daily Herald will publish the article, because they hate KISD and publish anything that makes the district look bad. Updating the existing buildings will do nothing to make them any larger. Did you know that most of the classes at ellison have over 30 students per class? No teacher can give "quality" education when they have to try and instruct 30 plus students. Also, somtimes it makes more sense to build a new structure then to try to keep up a really old building. Our tax rate is lower than every other city around us. Get over it. If we want better schools and education then we have to invest more than just editorials in the news paper.

Alvin

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@dailymajor: Your tone is what I felt was the problem, a condescending delivery. You question 'What board members are "real estate locals or wannabes"? Well I can't name each of the individuals, but I can say categorically that there is in this city a number of real estate agents that are involved in our city government, and in the school board, and in the select committee that has and is serving on the KISD school committee.

So you can want to deride the individual for not being on a first name basis if you want to or you should keep quiet and let the individual have his/her say.

And what methodology do you use as a basis for the amount of money, say the $426 million dollars that the school board, or select sub committee, or to use the claims of mayor Segarra:

Copy: 'And as to the comment made by the mayor. 'Mayor says that a lot of growth and building will outweigh the building costs, says taxing entities should be considered. As he says that, Rivera nods his head'. End of copy.

If that were a true case then. And what is he building his case on, 'the number of homes that is going to reduce the loading on each and every home owner', then 'why hasn't this been possible over the last say 17 years'???? No I do not think that this a very plausible reason for the continuing increase every few years, and the proof is in the pudding.

This town is controlled by builders, and you can see that in how many different organizations are interwoven featuring many builders on and in many different organizations. And you can see that in how this city administration is orchestrating the $46.1 million dollar bond issue to serve as the platform for the $426 million dollar school bond, in order to provide the support for the 3,750 new homes 'just outside of the city limits'.

Now you again want to comment on 'the numbers'. If you would consider what it takes for the school to operate, on a yearly basis, and compound that by an increase that would equate to a sum of money that could be set aside as a building block for future developments, I say that that number would in no way equate to what this school system is wanting. I would venture to say that this is not the case as presented here.

So to refer to your 'cutesy comment, 'Alvin, if you read and comprehended as well as you talk, you would know that I took no “offending” tone, well I just put my answer to your question of who, what, when and where, as in ' Your tone is what I felt was the problem'. You know as well as I, and apparently Mr. Glaister, that anymore numbers are thrown out helter skelter, such as where a school system is in the grading aspect. It's like opinions, every one has one, but I've read that this school system isn't 'cutting the mustard' in many respects. And if you say that this school system only has 44,000 students, well the number I used to equate the cost per student 'just went up drastically'.

And one more thing, As I've noticed, the content of a writer should fall in chronological order, but your answer is always below mine, not on top as in chronological order. Wonder why that is. It would be simpler if a person would not have to search for someone's statements. Hmm.

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dailymajor

My tone? You are the one that has the "condescending" tone, assuming that you are the "all-knowing" one, trying to impress and even intimidate readers with your superior knowledge and accusations. You seem to perhaps have a complex or two that needs to be addressed...All I have done is answer your diatribes concerning KISD, it's leaders, and the school board. You, nobody else....If you are going to throw out rumors, opinions, and unsubstantiated facts, at least have the guts and courage to put out names with those accusations....
Tell us, categorically,as you say...just what real estate agents are involved in city government,the school board, and committees.,,,,, You will not, because you can't.....Which builders "control this town", Alvin? Please tell us.......You say the school district just threw out numbers for the bond "helter skelter"..lol. ..Sure they did, Alvin, sure they did. They just pulled out a number without comprehensive study of facilities, future needs, student populations, growth, and costs. You really ought to think, before you write.....You really have no idea whatsoever about budgets, assets, facilities, needs, sources of income,costs, ..not even the number of students in KISD, You didn't have a clue. You just threw out a number.

Finally, Alvin, you believe that "the content of a writer should fall in chronological order, but your answer is always below mine"...."Wonder why that is".."hmmm"....
lol...Bless your little heart, Alvin,the reason my replies to you are placed where they are is because I am replying to you, and I click the reply indicator. Sorry you are unhappy about that,.. also.

Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer.

@dailymajor: If you please, do not take on that offending tone with the populas that reads this paper, you can save it for me.

Now, as I have written in an earlier article, I believe what this gentleman is referring to, and correct me if I do not state your case correctly, but he is saying, and I quote: 'KISD doesn’t need more “facilities”;  they need to provide our kids a quality education.'
and:

Copy: 'KISD doesn’t need more “facilities”: it needs to make the best of what it’s got.' End of copy.

This I interpret as the message that ' this city should be able to perform on what the citizens provide for them as in the tax base based on the value of their homes, and not go asking for the people to 'fork over' another $426 million dollars in addition to their tax base that they are paying.

I know you don't like numbers, but if this school district encompasses say 100,000 students. Now the KISD is asking people, in a bond, for $426 million dollars over and above the previous bond that was voted on in 2002. That equates to the tidy sum of $4,260 per student.

Now if the facilities that are existing were to be revamped to bring them up to code, then 1: they would not need as many new structures as they are proposing today, thus the bond could be significantly reduced, and maybe even eliminated.

The new high school could possibly be eliminated thereby eliminating $171 million dollars, thus reducing the total outlay to $255 million. If the cost to refurbish the older schools and bring them up to code could be substantially reduced even further, maybe learn to live on what is provided. It would save the city another $46.1 million by not having to increase the roadways, from now on.

As I have said, the school district was intended to operate on a given amount that was to be provided for in the tax rate schedule, but now it's 'give, give, give. If everyone was to give for everything that is requested, then there would not be a society left. My personal opinion is 'we as a society have gone over the top and everyone is looking for a handout, and that should not be'.

Ad as to 'how many builders are on these boards, and how many different satellite company's they are embroiled in, I don't have an exact number but 'it's a lot starting with the mayor of Killeen and the builder who is trying to donate land so it can be used for home construction.

So give Mr. Hank Glaister what you would be looking for yourself, the time of day and the right to express himself without having to put up with you. As I say, you can save your remarks for myself.


This has been the personal opinion of this writer and nothing shall be used, in context or without or changed in any way without first notifying, and receiving explicit approval from this writer.
One of the 4.58 % who voted.

dailymajor

Alvin, if you read and comprehended as well as you like to talk, you would know that I took no "offending" tone with the "populace", as you say. I was simply replying to a letter written by Mr. Glaister that was not accurate in several respects. If you would listen, and comprehend more, instead of just waiting to talk, talk, talk, ..you would realize that....Where do you get your figures and numbers? KISD has approximately 44,000 students, not 100,000 as you said...Do you know the numbers for KISD's budget,all that it involves, ...are you familiar with all the facilities that are in consideration concerning the bond issue?.No, you are not.....Just what makes you an expert at anything education wise? Have you ever been a teacher? ..Involved with education at all?..Or are you just an expert about everything KISD?..Sometimes you need to listen, learn, and understand before you speak.

dailymajor

Mr. Glaister...a few questions and a few comments. What board members are "real estate locals or wannabes"? Please let us know. I know four members and they are not, in any way, involved in real estate...and what Steering Committee members are you referring to? ...
Do you not think that KISD is working every single day to provide better educations for all of their students? What would give you that idea?...
The Commander of III Corps and Fort Hood enthusiastically support KISD and work with the district on a regular basis.....
What 85% standard are you referring to. Every campus in KISD was "acceptable" with many on the Exemplary listing....
Again, you mention the "good ole boys" and their real estate interests. Where do you get your information? As I said before, I know several on the board, and they are not tied in with real estate at all.....
You ask, "what is to prevent HH and Nolanville from going to Belton ISD. First of all, Belton has higher taxes than Killeen. Also, if you know anything about the school business, you know that what you say is possible is not going to happen...You should also know that Fort Hood is very, very happy with KISD. They like the way things are on base and do everything they can to cooperate and work with KISD....
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