By Andy Ross
Killeen Daily Herald

The Killeen Independent School District Board of Trustees will consider approving a lengthy consent agenda tonight during a regular meeting.

The majority of the items on tap for approval were discussed by trustees at a workshop last month.

One of those is a $1.25 million capital improvement request to install new HVAC equipment and energy control devices.

The project involves replacing 93 HVAC units spread across 12 KISD campuses, as well as energy management equipment at two of those campuses, and will be funded through the district’s Capital Improvements Fund. The Capital Improvements Fund consists of money allocated from KISD’s overall $19 million surplus for the current fiscal year.

A $50,500 kill-switch installation project is included in the overall price of the capital improvement request and will be funded from the district’s Strategic Facility Plan.

Other items up for approval in the consent agenda include: bids for band, choir, cheerleader and auxiliary uniforms and accessories; an annual review of qualified brokers authorized to engage in investment transactions with the district; meal prices for 2011-12; and a contract with Central Texas College to provide career and technology courses.

Beyond the consent agenda, the KISD board is also scheduled to address several items related to staffing positions, which include “Employment and Assignments,” “Employment Agreement/Contract Offers for the 2011-12 School Year” and “Recommendations Regarding Employment Status (of) Professional Staff.”

Those agenda items are part of the ongoing cost-cutting plan that has been previously outlined by the school district, according to public information officer Leslie Gilmore.

Board members will also consider 16 new courses that will be brought to the new Career Academy when it opens during the 2012-13 school year.