KISD Board Appreciated

Thank You, KISD Board of Trustees
By: Todd Martin
Killeen ISD leaders joined a state legislator, area city councils and district students and staff in honoring the district’s Board of Trustees as the elected body continues to guide the district in an enormously challenging year.
January is School Board Recognition Month in Texas.
After Superintendent John Craft read portions of official proclamations from state Rep. Brad Buckley, the city of Killeen and the city of Harker Heights Tuesday, Career Center welding instructor John Bridenstine explained the board members’ gifts.
Each of the seven trustees received a stainless steel compass rose which Career Center welding student Austin Loague designed.
 The steel compass represented the theme of the state’s appreciation month – “Navigating to Success.”
“The past year required an unusual combination of skills and talents, from learning how to use the mute button during a virtual meeting, to designing a school year that encompassed all learners whether at home or virtual,” said Chief Communications Officer Taina Maya.
The challenges of 2020, particularly after spring break when COVID-19 became reality brought a higher level of complications that required a higher level of leadership.
The communications chief recalled highlights of the unique year.
“Despite our limitations, under your leadership the district provided just under 200,000 meals during our COVID closure to students, our Learning Services team resumed online learning on March 23, while utilizing KISD-TV for elementary and bilingual lessons for the region. 
“We then began the school year in August, providing free school supplies to all students, opened the new Nolan Middle School which includes the district’s second STEM academy, named four elementary schools and the district’s newest high school, revised the academic calendar to provide additional planning time to teachers, installed new turf at three high school campuses, curated virtual parent workshops and roundtable discussions, while ensuring that academic progress could continue for all students.”