KISD Assesses Building Damage, Plans Recovery

At Skipcha ES, leaders look over damage from freezing weather
By: Todd Martin
The massive effort to assess damage across Killeen ISD’s 54 campuses and administrative buildings continued Sunday in an effort to make schools safe for students to return.
School district leaders, who have met daily since the start of freezing weather, snow and ice more than a week ago, announced that school will reopen no sooner than Thursday.
In a Zoom session including senior administration leaders and school principals, Superintendent John Craft made clear the district will continue to make safety the overriding priority.
The entire community, he said, has felt the impact of more than a week of freezing weather and moisture that has burst pipes and damaged walls, flooring and supplies. The damage is dramatically varied. Repair needs are unique by campus.
Still, he said, families continue to need time to take care of themselves, their own children and their homes before getting back to school.
District leaders also reiterated the pleas of city leaders to conserve water, as the availability of water will be paramount in reopening school buildings for drinking, restrooms, cooking and fire suppression.
“The reality of the situation is we do not have enough bottled water to support 30,000-plus students and employees coming to campuses every day,” according to a district message. “We need the community to help us conserve water, identify and repair leaks and busted pipes, so we can build up the reserve necessary to support our community.”
Inspection indicated 27 of the school’s campuses need repair of some kind and eight campuses remained without water services.
In messaging to parents and staff members Sunday afternoon, the district announced that KISD will open on Monday 11 feeding sites to serve free food from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This service is available to all.
Sites include the following:
Cavazos Elementary School
Cedar Valley Elementary School 
Early College High School (Fort Hood)
Harker Heights Elementary School 
Manor Middle School
Mountain View Elementary School
Palo Alto Middle School
Rancier Middle School 
Smith Middle School
Trimmier Elementary School
West Ward Elementary School
While meeting with district and campus leaders, Craft pointed out that the issues KISD is facing are similar across the state.
He assured principals that issues related to the disrupted school calendar will be addressed, but that personal needs of people are at the forefront. “We are going to have to recover,” he said. “We will get back to school.”