Killeen: KISD breaks ground for new high school

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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) The Killeen Independent School District and its board of trustees broke ground Thursday for the district’s sixth high school.

The Killeen Independent School District and its board of trustees broke ground Thursday for the district’s sixth high school. (Photo by Alex Gibbs)

The space is definitely needed; 45,000 students are currently enrolled in Killeen schools and the district expects that number to climb to 50,000 by 2027.

Middle school student Jadis Resendez is among the students who will attend the new school.

“Actually, I’m really honored to be here before it’s even built and when I come here junior year, I’m going to be with my friends and maybe make new friends,” she said.

The campus will accommodate more than 2,500 students and is expected to be open in the fall of 2022.

It will include a robotics lab and multiple computer labs.

Superintendent John Craft says that this is only the beginning, and that the district has big plans for the future of many existing KISD high schools.

“We also will be soon commencing construction, about $100 million renovation to Killeen High School,” he said.

KISD Board President Corbett Lawler said discussions for a new high school around Chaparral and Featherline roads started in 2016 and that drawing the fast-growing high school population to a new high school was important.

In 2012, the district opened the Career Center and began Early College High School in partnership with Central Texas College in 2015, drawing part of the high school population.

“Every time we thought we got it right,” Lawler said, noting that the district continues to grow by almost 800 students a year.

“This is part of what we do. The lovely part is that this community is willingly committed to the future of youngsters.”