By Chris McGuinness
Killeen Daily Herald

Revised schematic drawings for 16 new science laboratories will be presented to the Killeen Independent School District board tonight.

District administrators will recommend the board approve the drawings for the $6.6 million project, which is partially funded by a $5 million grant from the Texas Education Agency.

The laboratories will be built at the district’s four high schools, and terms of the grant stipulate that construction of the labs be completed by June 2013.

According to the meeting’s agenda, board members also will discuss a contract to allow the New Cingular Wireless PCS communications company to lease district-owned property for the installation of wireless transmission towers at the Nolan and Palo Alto middle schools.

The contract allows the company to lease the land from the district for $750 per month. The lease could last for up to 30 years, with the terms coming up for renewal every five years.

The contract is expected to generate $9,000 in the first year.

Other district business scheduled for the board to consider includes purchasing electricity for 2012.

District officials estimate the new rate of about nine cents per-kilowatt-hour will save the school district about $500,000.

The board also will vote on changes to district policy for the school district’s gifted and talented program and add new courses in automotive technology and culinary arts for the 2012-13 school year.

The board will meet at 6 p.m. today at the district’s administration office at 200 North W.S. Young Drive.