A new middle school under construction is prompting a reshuffling of students attending eight other middle schools in the Killeen Independent School District.
KISD Superintendent John Craft said the district will be eliminating portable buildings at the middle school level with the opening of the new Nolan Middle School on Warriors Path in Harker Heights, if the rezoning is approved by the district’s board of trustees.
Craft spoke to more than two dozen residents at a KISD community school rezoning meeting Tuesday at Eastern Hills Middle School in Harker Heights.
The proposed rezoning plan would impact over 2,000 middle school students in the district for the 2020/2021 school year, according to an email from Taina Maya, the district’s spokeswoman.
Craft focused on the student attendance zones at Rancier Middle School, the new Nolan Middle School, Manor, and Eastern Hills. With the proposed attendance zones, some of the current Eastern Hills attendance zone students would attend the new Nolan Middle School and some of the current Manor attendance zone students would attend Eastern Hills Middle School. The other middle schools that would be affected by the rezoning are Liberty Hill, Live Oak Ridge, Palo Alto, Union Grove and the current Nolan Middle School on Jasper Drive in Killeen.
Eastern Hills, Union Grove and the new Nolan Middle School are in Harker Heights, and the remaining affected middle schools in KISD are in Killeen.
Students currently attending a middle school that will be affected by the rezoning change have the opportunity to be grandfathered in and finish middle school at that campus, according to Craft. The district will not be able to provide transportation to those students and they will have to have their own transportation to school.
The reason for the rezoning is the opening of the new Nolan Middle School off Warriors Path in Harker Heights. The new school will have the district’s second Middle School Science Technology Engineering Mathematics Program. Currently all of the STEM students attend Roy J. Smith Middle School.
There will be six more rezoning meetings held at different locations throughout the month.
Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Union Grove MS cafeteria
Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Liberty Hill MS cafeteria
Monday at 6 p.m. in the Manor MS cafeteria
Jan. 15 at 6 p.m. in the Nolan MS cafeteria
Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. in the Rancier MS cafeteria
Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. in the Palo Alto MS cafeteria