Killeen ISD High School plans taking shape

KILLEEN, TX - Killeen ISD board members got a look at a revised plan to renovate Killeen High School that would result in less disruption of student activities,  but which would cost more.

"The new expanded cafeterias, new fine arts facilities, a black box theater all kinds of wonderful things, kids are going to be really proud to go to both those schools," said Terry Abbott, Chief Communications Officer for Killeen ISD.

KISD Superintendent John Craft made the presentation to trustees Tuesday night, saying the additional $23 million dollars for the new plan could come from the district's regular facilities fund, with the $75 million originally set aside for the project coming from the bond issue approved by the voters.

The revised proposal would include large areas of new construction along with a complete renovation.

"There will be an entire different wing for fine arts, for athletics, there will be a brand new huge cafeteria and learning space, there will even be something called learning stairs right off the cafeteria commons area. Everybody who looks at the video says 'wow this is going to be great'," said Abbott.

The new, larger scope project would allow the district to build entire new sections for the school with fewer disruptions than would have taken place with the original interior renovation plan.

The board is expected to vote on this new design and plan for the school on December 11.

Meanwhile, construction will begin next year on the new high school the district is calling "Killeen ISD High School #6.

"One of the great things about it is once we build that high school then that will allow us to rezone all of our high schools so that there are no longer any students in those trailers at high schools anymore they'll all be inside the envelope of the building," said Abbott.

The new school -- worth $141 million dollars.

"The plan for the new High School is we hope to open it at only about 60 percent capacity because we want to be able to grow that population we know that people are moving to the south part of Killeen, we don't want to open a brand new high school and have it full the day it opens," said Abbott.

Both schools are set to open their doors to students in 2022.

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