Killeen: Year-long project to fence KISD campuses begins

Work on a year-long project to install perimeter fencing around all Killeen ISD campuses is underway. (Photo by Christy Soto)
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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) Work on a year-long project to install perimeter fencing around all Killeen ISD campuses is underway.

Crews are installing fencing now around the district’s Career Center.

By August 2020, all campuses should be fenced.

“We want to make sure to monitor the foot traffic that goes in and out of our campus, this will help us make sure the people on campus are the ones that are supposed to be on campus and those not allowed should be outside on the sidewalk," KISD’s chief communications and marketing officer Taina Maya said.

The project represents just one of the efforts by Central Texas districts to make campuses safer in the wake of violence in schools including the shooting on May 18, 2018 at Santa Fe High School in Texas that left 10 dead and 13 injured.

The Texas Legislature took up the issue of school safety during its session earlier this year and Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill that is expected to do more to make schools safer than ever before.

Senate Bill 11 requires districts to form a multi hazard emergency operation plan and create the Texas Child Mental Health Care Consortium to improve access to mental health care.

On the federal level U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, has introduced a bill that would provide $2 billion over the next decade to public schools to identify security weaknesses.

Williams says he remembers a time when all he had to do was focus on school and he wants to bring that mentality back.

“When I was in school, my era, we went to school, we rode our bikes to school for heaven's sake,” Williams said.

“We want to be able to take our kids to school, our grand-kids to school and have them come home at night."

Williams was scheduled to discuss the measure during a joint news conference with the Killeen and Cove ISDs Tuesday in Copperas Cove.