Killeen ISD hosts community meetings to discuss rezoning plans

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The Killeen Independent School District held their first of three community meetings to discuss rezoning changes that would impact students at four elementary schools.

Students from Douse, Cedar Valley, Timber Rridge and Skipcha elementary schools are being moved around next school year, with the opening of Maude Moore Wood Elementary in the fall.

Jose Ventura’s daughter is a student at Timber Ridge Elementary.  She’s been there since Pre-K, heading to the fourth grade next fall.

He’s worried if the changes are approved, his daughter will have to rebuild relationships with teachers and friends.

Ventura says if the changes are approved, he wants them to remain permanent. 

“When you rezone someone like that that’s been in the same school for so long and know their teachers, their policies and behaviors,” Ventura said. “Now you want them to change in the middle school to change again two years later.”

District officials say rezoning is meant to relieve overcrowding at the schools.

Superintendent Dr. John Craft says because of a growing district, rezoning must happen. 

Before any changes are made, parent recommendations are needed and will be taken into account before a final board decision in March.

Parents have been asking about transportation logistics, as well as any impact on start times for the four campuses. They’re things the district is taking into consideration before making a final decision.

“We will be grandfathering our current fourth grade students that will be fifth grade students at their existing campus, along with siblings. We don’t want to break up families,” Craft said. “But we usually have questions pertaining to what is the transfer and application process. These are all questions we are trying to answer.”

KISD is hosting two more meetings. The next one will be held Wednesday at Skipcha and Thursday at Timber Ridge. Both of the meetings will begin at 5:30 p.m.

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