Killeen: New school to offer flexible seating in every classroom

KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) A new school year is around the corner for Killeen ISD. That also means close to 750 students will be walking inside Maude Moore Wood Elementary School for the first time.

On Monday, students will also be stepping inside a school where learning is taking on a whole new meaning with a collaborative learning environment for every student.

“It makes the learning more student-centered, friendlier, students are able to share their thinking and have discussion with people nearby,” said Principal Norma Baker.

Maude Moore Wood is the first campus in the district with flexible seating in every classroom.

“They have a variety of options, they have the ball if they want to bounce around and still be focused on learning. We also have the wobble chairs – you don’t have the wobble motion but it can be calming to students and they collaborate with their peers,” Baker said.

As for what will be in front of those kids when they sit, say goodbye to those old traditional desks.

Students can write on some of the desks and even stand up – whatever fits their learning style.

For parents -- safety also top of mind – from secured doors inside and out to a covered playground.

“This is the first campus to have full perimeter fencing. Something we’re in the process of doing this summer, providing that ample security measure so that anyone shouldn’t be on campus remains off campus and so who we know who is coming in foot traffic wise,” said Taina Maya, KISD’s chief of communications and marketing officer.

Maude Moore Wood helping to alleviate overcrowding in the district and those students from the now-closed East Ward Elementary School. East Ward is set to reopen in 2021.

“I think the most important thing I’ve experienced in this process is the impact we’re going to have on each and every student and how that impact is going to change their lives forever,” Baker added.

Parents and community members are invited out here to the school on Sunday for a dedication ceremony that starts at 2 p.m.