$426 Million KISD bond to be proposed

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A committee of parents and members of the community who have been looking at expected needs in the Killeen Independent School District have come up with a list of projects they think should be included in an upcoming bond issue to be placed before the voters.

They will make their presentation to the board of trustees in a meeting next Tuesday for what would be the first such issue placed before the voters in the district in 16 years.

The bond steering committee proposal totals $426 million.

The proposal includes $171 million dollars for a new high school that would open in 2022, three new elementary schools totaling $142 million, renovations to Clifton Park elementary school with a cost estimated at $21 million and $80 million for renovation to Killeen High School. 

The proposal will also include $12 million for renovations to various schools to improve access for the disabled and increased security.

The steering committee worked ofr a month to identify and prioritize projects for the bond issue and will make their formal presentation December 12 at 6 p.m. at the central administration building at 200 North W.S. Young Drive in Killeen.

The board is not expected to vote on it at that time, but is expected to make their final decision in their meeting February 13.

If they decide to go ahead, the voters would decide in the May 5 election.

The committee claims to have found strong support among potential voters, with an independent polling firm conducting a poll in November, with the results showing 57 percent of KISD voters would support the issue, with 38 percent projected to be opposed.

Enrollment in the district has passed 44,300 this year and is projected to continue growing by at least one percent per year.

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