KILLEEN, Texas -
The Killeen Independent School District is one step closer to relieving overcrowding - at least in its middle schools.
The school board discussed plans to build a brand new middle school in Harker Heights. The district's 14th middle school is in the works.
Killeen's school board spent Tuesday night ironing out the details on the building's design.
"It's right at about 200,000 square feet. It will accommodate between 12-and-1,300 students again, depending on the exact programming," says Superintendent John Craft.
The $54 million building will serve middle schoolers living in southeastern Harker Heights.
"Looking at our future growth, and again, looking at some of our overcrowded middle schools, this will really go a long way to alleviate that overcrowding challenge we have," Craft says.
The building is expected to be constructed west of Warrior Path Road, near Jennifer McCann's Harker Heights neighborhood.
"Anything new is always nice to add. I'm definitely a fan of adding more schools," says parent Jennifer McCann.
With two kids enrolled in the district, McCann is hoping the new construction will eventually ease overcrowding.
"Nobody prefers to be in a portable. I think the teachers would love it, too. More jobs, more space, and it gives the kids a better learning environment," McCann says.
This project is not a part to the half a million dollar bond initiative affecting tax payers.
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The Killeen Independent School District school board will review the proposed design of new middle school #14 when it meets in a workshop session on Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m.
The board also will continue its discussion of budget preparations leading up to the adoption of a budget in August, and the board will hear a report from the chief financial officer regarding Impact Aid funding.
The new $54 million middle school #14 is planned to meet KISD’s need to address a growing population in the southeast area of Harker Heights. The 1,250-student school will be located on 33 undeveloped acres west of Warriors Path, and is scheduled to open in August 2020.
The school will include a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program and will serve grades 6-8. The school design includes general classrooms, science and computer labs at each grade level, STEM labs, a cafeteria with stage, a library and media center, band and choir suites, art rooms, a theater arts room with stage access, shared computer labs, gym and weight room, courtyards and outdoor learning spaces, a competition field and two practice fields.
The meeting will be held at Killeen ISD headquarters, located at 200 N. WS Young Drive in Killeen.
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