KHS Tour Gives Early Peek

KISD leaders take a tour of ongoing KHS construction
By: Todd Martin
A group of Killeen ISD leaders glimpsed the past, present and future during a building tour of Killeen High School.
In two separate tours Friday, KISD Board of Trustees members joined administration and campus leaders with architectural and construction personnel to see portions of the ongoing renovation at the school.
Killeen ISD Executive Director for Facilities Services Adam Rich described the bond-funded construction project as about one-fourth complete.
Completed portions include administrative space at the front of the property, as well as the library, auditorium, choir and art rooms and special education space.
Tour groups also stepped through or looked into areas under construction, including a courtyard alongside the library, new cafeteria and kitchen space and a two-story classroom wing.
All of that encompasses the first phase of the planned renovation of KISD’s oldest high school campus.
Upon completion of the first phase, Killeen High School should be able to eliminate its 50 portable classrooms, as well as temporary kitchen and cafeteria operations.
The renovation is set for total completion around the end of 2022.
Along with the new sixth high school, also part of the 2018 bond election, KISD leaders plan to eliminate all the 100-plus portable classrooms on high school campuses, Rich said.
“You can see the improved lighting,” he pointed out. “The exterior improvements look good with the stonework and metal panels. It improves the aesthetics of the school.”
The overall project also includes ADA accessibility improvements as well as fresh branding to include updated logos for the Kangaroos.
The current building on 38th Street first opened in 1964. There have been numerous additions and renovations.
The current renovation began in May. Near the end of September, the school opened its new library, traditionally a popular gathering place for students.
Across KISD, ongoing construction projects will soon give way to opening new schools.
The new Pershing Park Elementary School is set to open in January, replacing the current school. Next fall, students from the current Sugar Loaf Elementary School will join the consolidated campus.
In addition, KISD is set to open next fall Killeen Elementary School, consolidating East and West Ward elementary schools; the new Clifton Park Elementary School, consolidating Bellaire and the current Clifton Park elementary schools; and the newly named Pat Carney Elementary School.
The next year, in fall 2022, KISD plans to open its sixth high school and by the end of the year, the completed Killeen High School.