Adams Chapel AME Church in Harker Heights was the site for the third and final community education forum hosted by Philemon Brown and Community Hands of Central Texas on Saturday,
Between 20 and 30 residents and parents showed up at the church to gain information about the Killeen Independent School District.
Brown, pastor of Harker Heights Community Church, discussed expanding parent involvement in the district and getting parents engaged with teachers and administrators. He also urged everybody that was present to go to the KISD school board meetings every other Tuesday night at 6 p.m.
Trina Thompson, the president of the KISD Parent Teacher Association, spoke at the event along with Marvin Rainwater, a member of the KISD school board. Thompson echoed Brown on parent involvement.
“Parents have got to get back into the school system and we have to learn,” Thompson said.
After the forum, Rainwater said, “It was a helpful meeting that focused on the real needs of the district, it’s going to help the kids, teachers and parents.”
Brown, who hosted all three meetings, talked about the impact they had over the last three weeks.
“Well it shows that there is an interest in information about KISD and somehow we’ve gotta bridge the gap between the community and the school district in terms of sharing information,” Brown said.
He said he is going to try to find a different way to continue having these community discussions.
KISD Superintendent John Craft was scheduled to attend the forum, according to Brown, but he was not in attendance.