Killeen High Construction Continues

KHS renovation, addition project progressing
By: Todd Martin
When Killeen High School students return to class in August, they will be the first to use the massive new cafeteria space with its stonework, vaulted ceiling, and grab-and-go meal options.
They will also get to see the completed first floor classrooms and by the following semester at the start of 2022, the new second-floor classrooms.
With the recent school year complete, Killeen ISD Executive Director for Facilities Services Adam Rich provided a tour Wednesday of the ongoing additions and renovations for the district’s secondary education leaders.
Earlier in the week, leaders walked through portions of the new Chapparal High School, the district’s sixth high school, scheduled for completion for the start of the 2021-2022 school year.
The district’s oldest high school continues the transformation that progressed throughout the recently completed school year and will continue for another year-and-a-half.
It is more challenging, Rich said to complete construction at an existing campus during the school year.
“It takes a lot of coordination and (KHS Principal) Kara Trevino and her team have been very accommodating.”
Seated in the new auditorium lobby, Rich pointed eastward up the 200 hallway, an area set for demolition around the start of the coming school year.
All around the perimeter of the school, construction will make the high school new again.
Construction has begun on a fine arts space adjacent to the gym that will include band hall, dance studio, and a black-box theater.
The 400 hallway will contain Career and Technical Education with agriculture shop, robotics lab and other spaces.
Also in the plans is an athletic locker room to consolidate far-flung athletic locker rooms scattered across the rear of the campus.
Most of the Killeen High School renovation and addition project will likely be complete by fall 2022. Some elements will likely open in the winter of that year.
This past school year, KHS staff opened new administrative space at the front of the property, as well as the library, auditorium, choir and art rooms and special education space.
The overall project also includes ADA accessibility improvements as well as fresh branding with 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 2020.
Along with a new KHS cafeteria and kitchen, KISD is poised to dedicate four new elementary school buildings this August.
Dedication ceremonies are scheduled at 11 a.m. at Killeen Elementary School and at  
3 p.m. at Pershing Park Elementary School on Sunday, Aug. 8.
Dedication ceremonies are also scheduled at 11 a.m. at Carney Elementary School and at 3 p.m. at Clifton Park Elementary School on Sunday, Aug. 15.
The first day of school is Monday, Aug. 16.