KISD renews partnership with student advocacy group | Education – Texas News

KISD renews partnership with student advocacy group | Education – Texas News

The Killeen Independent School District will continue an ongoing partnership with Communities in Schools of Greater Central Texas Inc. as the district renewed its contract for the upcoming school year.

The board discussed contract negotiations and services with CIS at a board workshop May 23. The proposed contract will cost the district $444,220, which was discounted by 55 percent from the original price of $989,378. The contract will place 23 CIS full-time employees and one part- time employee at 19 campuses in KISD. During the 2016-17 school year, CIS had 24 full-time and one part-time employee at 19 campuses, which cost the district $446,523.

CIS Executive Director Michael Dewees said he believes the service provided by CIS will catapult students toward a more positive adult life.

“The childhood that we give them (students) today, is the community they will provide us with tomorrow,” Dewees said.

The board approved the contract unanimously during a June 6 meeting.

CIS works to prevent students from dropping out of school prior to graduation. One of CIS’ biggest strategies is to provide one-on-one relationships between productive adults and students in need.

Communities in Schools offers various services, including tutoring for students who struggle academically, counseling for students who have behavioral issues or problems at home, student support for military families, special education students and students who are homeless.

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