New teaching jobs are coming to Killeen ISD as the 26th largest school district in Texas continues to grow.

On Tuesday, the school board approved the creation of 28 new teaching jobs, most of them at middle and high schools for the next school year, the district said.

In addition, the school board also unanimously approved a plan to deal with frequent flooding that regularly forces the Harker Heights High School marching band members to carry their instruments through water and mud. Walker Partners Engineering will be hired to survey the problem and recommend renovations of the marching band practice area.

Flooded walkway to Harker Heights High band practice area Photo: Killeen ISD
Flooded walkway to Harker Heights High band practice area Photo: Killeen ISD

Officials said several students throughout the years have been injured while trying to walk through the area. The injuries forced some to miss part or all the marching band season.

The engineering firm will survey the existing topography and provide recommendations for repair. A separate proposal for construction to solve the flooding issue will be made to the board when the engineering work is completed, the district stated.

The board also voted Tuesday to hire Engineered Exteriors to serve as waterproofing consultants to help solve 41 separate water infiltration issues at 15 other schools. The company will visit each location and will observe existing conditions, conduct water tests and complete selective demolition as needed. Engineered Exteriors will provide a report to document observations and testing and to make recommendations for repairs. The district said the cost of the contract will not exceed $209,000.

Killeen ISD’s enrollment is expected to reach nearly 45,000 students for the 2018-19 school year.

The following also occurred at Tuesday’s meeting:

  • Approved a resolution to recognize March 5-9, 2018, as National School Breakfast Week in Killeen ISD;
  • Approved a resolution to recognize March 2018 as National Athletic Training Month in Killeen ISD.
  • Voted to allow the administration to submit class size waiver requests to the Texas Education Agency for three classrooms at three elementary schools to have slightly more than the 22 students per teacher allowed under state guidelines. The guidelines allow school districts to seek waivers from the class size limits to help manage enrollment growth and staffing ratios. KISD is a total of five students over the 22-student threshold at three campuses; Clarke, Trimmier and Venable Village elementary schools.
  • Voted to nominate Killeen ISD Superintendent John Craft for the Superintendent of the Year Award presented through the Texas Association of School Boards.