By Chris McGuinness
Killeen Daily Herald

School district officials will give the public a closer look at its planned Career Center during a board meeting today.

According to the agenda, Killeen Independent School District officials will deliver an update on the status of the center and provide an overview of the program.

The center, slated to open in the 2012-13 school year, will primarily serve students in grades 10 through 12 who want to earn training and certifications in one of nine career “clusters.”

The clusters will include areas such as arts and communication, architecture and construction, automotive technology and agriculture food and natural resources, according to documentation provided by the district.

The 142-000-square-foot center is under construction at the corner of Trimmier and Stagecoach roads, near Patterson Elementary School. The building will include 59 classrooms capable of instructing nearly 1,400 students. It was part of a $26 million project that included the construction of the Pathways campus, which opened in August 2011.

District spokeswoman Leslie Gilmore said some of the teachers who will work at the academy will attend tonight’s meeting.

The board also will hear a report on the collection of delinquent property taxes. It will meet in executive session to discuss matters relating to district property, employment assignments and Superintendent Robert Muller’s contract.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the board conference room at district headquarters, 200 N. W.S. Young Drive.