Killeen school board members on Tuesday will be given a recap of the second and third bond steering committee meetings that took place on Nov. 17 and Dec. 3. The Killeen Independent School District superintendent has suggested seeking a bond in May to build three new elementary schools and a middle school and possibly rebuild two elementary schools. Estimates have ranged from $180 million to $343 million for the proposed bond. The higher number included other projects and athletic stadium improvements at Shoemaker, Harker Heights and Ellison high schools.
KISD currently is spending $426 million from a bond approved in May 2018 and expects to complete those projects in 2022. Taxpayers will be footing the bill for that bond for 25 years.
KISD Superintendent John Craft, as he did in 2017-2018, formed a bond steering committee. Members were picked by the district and the board.
The two committee meetings this year took place at Harker Heights and Peebles Elementary Schools, both on the district’s wish list for renovations, and the main focus of both of meetings was to prioritize the potential projects. At the district’s regular board meeting, the board will hear what the district has learned from the two meetings.
In other business, the board will also get an update on Impact Aid funding and the federally connected student population within KISD.
The district is on the brink of dropping below 35% federally connected students, which would cause the district to lose heavy impact aid over the next five years. By 2025, the district could have $30 million less from the federal funding source, according to estimates from the district.
The board will also receive information on the funds the district will receive from the Killeen ISD Education Foundation; look into approving class size waiver requests and a low attendance waiver request; and an update on hiring for human resources for the 2019/2020 school year.
The board will also approve or deny the district moving forward with public hearings for the rezoning of the middle schools with the opening of the new Nolan Middle School in Harker Heights for the 2020-2021 school year; and the board will receive new information on “Elementary School 36” near the end of the meeting. The elementary school, which will be built on Clear Creek Road, is a 2018 bond project that is scheduled to open in the fall of 2021.
The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the KISD Administration building, 200 N. WS Young Drive, in Killeen.