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The large projected growth of Klein ISD has district officials making preparations for the district’s next bond referendum. This new bond proposal is being earmarked to fund additional schools and campus upgrades.

The 2008 bond plan for Klein ISD was intended to last four years, but was extended because of the national economic downturn. According to a 2013 demographic study by Population and Survey Analysts (PASA), the Klein ISD needs to open three new elementary schools, one intermediate school and one high school in the next five years or face overcrowding issues.

Superintendent Jim Cain said the 2015 bond plan could include one elementary school, one intermediate school and High School #5, whose doors are expected to open in August 2017. Klein Oak and Klein High are projected to contain nearly 4,000 students by 2017, while Klein Forest and Klein Collins will be home to almost 3,600.

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“Just imagine how big they will be in three years if we’re not able to open High School #5 in the fall of 2017,” Cain said. “We can accommodate large student bodies, but at some point there’s a breaking point.”

In addition, the district needs funding for technology, safety and security, buses, campus repairs and renovations. Actions to carry out these plans began in March with a series of visioning meetings with community members, businesses and stakeholders. The next step takes place during the spring semester with two Futures Conferences to inform the community about what the district needs and receive feedback. Based on the data from these meetings, a bond steering committee will develop a proposal by Fall 2014.

The district is expecting a bond election between $224-646 million according to Cain, whose goal is to take the school board a final proposal by January of 2015.After the school board passes the bond, a campaign for election can be held in May 2015.

The bond election in 2004 passed with 63 percent of the vote and the last bond election in 2008 passed with 52 percent of the vote, but Cain’s goal is to get this bond passed by at least 65 percent of the vote. Cain believes the success of this lies in retired members of the community who may think they have no reason to approve the bond since they do not have children in the school and it will raise their taxes.

“The success of Klein ISD and the value of property are directly related,” Cain said. “There is a high correlation between a strong district and property values.”

Cain brought attention the district’s financial history, which allowed trustees to lower taxes by a penny this year and is one of 42 districts in to achieve the highest financial rating in the state. He believes that this shows taxpayers that their dollars are utilized efficiently.

KISD prepares for high school 5 The large projected growth of Klein ISD has district officials making preparations for the district’s next bond referendum.

'Inception' for real

‘Inception’ for real

Imagine having the ability to fly, time travel to the late ’60s and witness a Beatles concert or create entire worlds using nothing but the imagination. Lucid dreaming makes these things, and much more, possible.

When a person has a lucid dream they are in the deepest part of sleep, or REM sleep. A lucid dream is when the dreamer realizes he or she is dreaming, allowing them to direct the events…

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Graduation information

Important Dates to Remember

March 17 – May 9                                     TAP ticket sales Fridays during lunches

April 14 – 25                                                Prom ticket sales during lunches for $65.00

May 13                                                          Cap and Gown Distribution (2nd Period)

May 16                                                         Senior…

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Oops, we did it again

Oops, we did it again

On Saturday, March 22, a barge carrying over 900,000 gallons of heavy oil collided with a ship while navigating in the Houston Ship Channel. The collision caused over 170,000 gallons of heavy oil to be spilled into the ship channel.

The spill is considered significant because of its location rather than its size. The ship channel is located near the Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary and is one of…

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Spring final exam schedule

Spring final exam schedule

Friday, May 30

*Closed Campus

7:25 – 8:10            1st Period Class (45 min.)

8:16 – 9:03          2nd Period Class (47 min.)

9:09 – 9:54            3rd Period Class (45 min.)

10:00 – 10:45      4th Period Class (45 min.)

10:51 – 12:13      5th Period Class

A Lunch (10:45 – 11:10)

B Lunch (11:16 – 11:42)

C Lunch (11:48 – 12:13)

12:19 – 1:19         6th Period Class - SENIOR Final Exam (60 min.)

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Men’s Soccer moving up in Distric Playoffs

Men’s Soccer moving up in Distric Playoffs

Next Game Where: Brenham’s Hohlt Park (2425 North Park Street)
When: 7 p.m. on Friday, April 4
Tickets: $5 for adults, $3 for students If you can’t make it up to Brenham to support your Klein Collins men’s soccer team as they play Round Rock McNeil in the area playoffs, the game will be broadcast on the internet at www.kmacsports.com.

For the first time since 2009, the men’s soccer team has…

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Track, cross-country hold annual Tiger Fun Run

Track, cross-country hold annual Tiger Fun Run

The track and cross-country booster club will hold the sixth annual Tiger Fun Run this Saturday, April 5. There will be a one-mile walking race for kids beginning at 8:30 a.m. and a three-mile run for adults at 9 a.m.

Traditionally, the race will be held at the Klein Collins track and participants will run around the high school campus and middle school campus.This year there will be a silent…

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Wunderlich Farm Makes Plans to Host a Monthly Farmer’s Market

The Historic Wunderlich Farm and Klein, TX Museum is excited to announce that they will now feature a true to life farmer’s market on the museum grounds from 11 a.m.

Superintendent’s Message – April 2014

Dr. Jim Cain – “Recently, I had the opportunity to share with our community about the wonderful things happening at Klein Forest High School with the Good to Great Program. The program is truly effective and has made a significant difference in academic achievement at the campus.”

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More Than $345,000 Raised by Klein ISD Education Foundation

The Klein ISD Education Foundation (KEF) acknowledged its business partners and key donors at a Community Luncheon on Feb. 28, 2014, at Shirley Acres. Ed Shackelford, board president for KEF, announced to more than 210 people in attendance that the Foundation has exceeded its goal and raised $344,253 already in the 2013-14 school year. Since 2001, the KEF has awarded 288 teacher grants totaling…

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Beauty Triumphs at Klein ISD Cosmetology Showcase

Beauty Triumphs at Klein ISD Cosmetology Showcase

The Klein ISD Cosmetology Showcase was held Thursday March 27, 2014 at the Klein ISD Multipurpose Center. Cosmetology is a two-year program in which students may earn a license and begin a career in the beauty industry upon competition of high school. While in the program, students learn about hair design, skin care, makeup, nail care and how to operate and run their own business. All four Klein…

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Dear lost and lonely

Dear lost and lonely

I don’t know what to do. I have a lot going on right now, at school and at home. I haven’t really been getting along with everyone lately and it’s not that I’m being intentionally rude, it’s just that the mood I’m in seems to be more than temporary. I try to be myself, but then again people don’t really like my personality. Everyone around me, including my teachers and close friends, seem to be…

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Bell Schedule for STAAR English I & II EOC exams

STAAR testing is scheduled for Monday, March 31 and Tuesday, April 1. The test will take 5 hours to complete. Testers will be provided with water and a breakfast/snack. ALL students should check their room assignments in BlackBoard.

All students should report to their assigned classrooms instead of their regular schedule. This includes those students assigned to early release, late arrival,…

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16 students place at district UIL event, 8 qualify for regionals

Klein ISD hosted the district 13-5A2 academic UIL meet March 22. Students who competed were awarded places first through sixth. Those earning a first through third place qualified and will be competing in the regional UIL competition scheduled for May 2-3. Klein Collins brought home one first place medal at the competition with junior Madeline Bazemore topping the other contestants in Ready…

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Curiosity killed the Coraline

Curiosity killed the Coraline

Based on the original novel by Neil Gaiman, “Coraline” has been my favorite animated movie for years, but buying it last week on 3D Blu-ray is what compelled me to write this review.

Coraline Jones is an 11-year-old girl who just suffered the tragedy of moving and losing all of her friends. While unpacking in her new home, she finds a small door that unexpectedly leads her into a world of fantasy…

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