Killeen ISD Honors Board for Rising Above

District thanks board for strong support
By: Todd Martin
Facing a critical mission to prepare tomorrow’s leaders while facing unending challenges, school board members continuously rise above.
Killeen ISD Board of Trustees accepted Tuesday artistic expressions of thanks from a group of creative students.
During the honors portion of the scheduled board meeting, a group of high school students presented thank-you notes they designed to each of the board members.
January is School Board Appreciation Month. The theme is Rising Above and includes imagery of hot-air balloons. Communications Specialist Lauren Blankenship designed digital artwork composed of KISD staff and student faces.
Prior to the student presentation, Chief Communications and Marketing Officer Taina Maya reviewed highlights of the past year.
The elected school board, who serve voluntarily, met 6,105 minutes during 27 meetings in 2021, she said.
Their actions helped guide the growing district through the unpredictability of COVID-19, provided competitive compensation to employees, approved recruiting and retention initiatives, opened four new schools and planned the opening of the district’s first comprehensive high school in 20 years.
“You’ve prioritized student learning and our most valuable resource, our employees, positioning KISD to be the most competitive school district in Central Texas,” Maya said.
Board members attended the dedication of the new Clifton Park, Killeen, Pat Carney and Pershing Park elementary schools and celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the Career Center.
Board members also congratulated this year’s Elementary Teacher of the Year, who moved on to earn the Region 12 Elementary Teacher of the Year honor.
They helped launched the “We Can Do This” COVID-19 campaign, attended graduation ceremonies awarding 2,402 diplomas and approved high school rezoning in anticipation of the new Chaparral High School.
They also approved a recruitment referral stipend and end-of-year employee stipends.
The board received proclamations of support from the cities of Nolanville, Harker Heights and Killeen, as well as from state Rep. Brad Buckley.
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