Area’s largest district extends campus closures for another week

The largest school district in Central Texas still plans to resume classes Monday, but its educators association is calling on officials to reconsider the decision. (File)
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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) A day after announcing that students would return to classes next Monday, Killeen ISD officials said Wednesday the district’s schools will remain closed through March 27.

The Temple ISD has also extended suspension of operations through March 27.

"Given the difficult circumstances we are currently facing, this is the prudent decision at this time," Superintendent Dr. John Craft said.

"We remain hopeful that staff and students will return to campus soon."

The district, with 55 schools, more than 44,000 students and more than 2,800 teachers, is the largest in Central Texas.

The Killeen Educator’s Association had pushed back against Craft’s plan to resume classes next week.

“It is disappointing to us that even when the president is stating this crisis could last until July or August, and other area school districts are extending their closures, that Killeen ISD is instead attempting to force the appearance of ‘normalcy’ onto the community, and raising more questions than they answer,” the educator’s association said in a press release Tuesday.

“This is not a normal time. It is not going to be normal for quite some time, and the repercussions will be with us for generations.”

As late as last Friday the district had planned to resume classes this week, but later in the day announced the extension of spring break after the educator’s association protested, urging officials to follow the lead of other districts around the state.

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