The Killeen Independent School District Board of Trustees will take up a number of significant agenda items tonight.

In addition to public hearings for elementary school rezoning proposals, trustees will consider approving the 2010-11 District Improvement Plan, new course requests for schools and a long list of proposed, district wide policy updates.

The two main rezoning initiatives are aimed at relieving pressure on the student populations of Reeces Creek Elementary and Willow Springs Elementary.  During a workshop last month, administrators and board members discussed one proposal that would bring part of the Reeces Creek attendance zone into the zone of new elementary school Number 32.

Rezoning that would shift part of Willow Springs’ zone into Maxdale Elementary’s zone has also been discussed and tonight board members will consider approving public hearings for the proposals.

The 2010-11 District Improvement Plan at almost 80 pages, offers a detailed look into Killeen Independent School District’s objectives for student performance and its own evaluation of current academic strength and concerns.  Killeen Independent School District’s leadership team and Site-Based Decision Making Committee have reviewed the plan in recent months and suggested changes and additions that will be included in the proposed draft scheduled for a vote tonight.

Among the strenghts receiving attention in the DIP are high scores in writing and social studies on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills.  Areas of concern highlighted in the draft include special education students scoring low on the 2009 -10 TAKS test, as well as declining science achievement scores by students between the fifth and eighth grades.

New course requests that the board of trustees will consider are aimed at expanding foreign language offerings, fine arts electives and classes in Career and Technology Education.

The list of policy updates the board will consider adopting were discussed in an October 26 workshop.  Many of the additions and revisions include legal changes and deal with electronic communication, date management, employee standards of conduct, academic achievement and employment practices among other items.

by Andy Ross,  Killeen Daily Herald