Week in Review: Teacher Shortage, KPD Shootout | Local News
KISD Board Reflects on Teacher Shortage
Killeen Independent School District Superintendent John Craft said the district was short of 200 classrooms of teachers and the ongoing crisis could reach a “breaking point” if not addressed quickly.
During a Tuesday morning shop meeting, the Killeen ISD board reviewed a pay and salary study conducted by the Texas Association of School Boards.
Zach Hobbs of the Texas Association of School Boards presented the results of his study, which found that the majority of KISD teachers had 10 years or less of experience.
Hobbs pointed to how districts are offering one-time incentives — up to $6,000 — statewide for bilingual, special education, high school math and high school science teachers.
KPD ID officer implicated in April 5 shooting
Killeen Police have identified the officer involved in the shooting of an individual outside Mickey’s convenience store on South Fort Hood Street earlier this month.
Officer Devin Hill is a 16-year veteran of the Killeen Police Department, according to the KPD press release. Hill returned to work after being placed on administrative leave following the shooting, KPD said in a statement Wednesday.
The KPD did not release the name of the man who was shot.
The mother of the man who was shot told the Herald on Wednesday that her son remains in critical condition at an area hospital and has been in a coma most of the time since the April 5 shooting.
Mother of man shot dead by Killeen police demands answers
The mother of a 27-year-old man who was shot by a Killeen police officer earlier this month is demanding answers as her son remains in a coma and on life support while the officer returns to duty.
Ralph “Ralphy” Sebexen of Killeen spent much of his time practicing and teaching martial arts; now he remains in critical condition at a local hospital. He was shot once on April 5 by Killeen Police Department officer Devin Hill during an altercation at a convenience store on Fort Hood Street.
The Texas Rangers, part of the Texas Department of Public Safety, are investigating the shooting involving an officer, which is normal protocol.
Yet many unknowns persist and Sebexen is a mother searching for those answers.
Mayor proclaims April 18 Bob Gray Day in Killeen
Killeen Mayor Debbie Nash-King proclaimed April 18 as Bob Gray Day in Killeen on Monday during a ceremony at the Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport.
Nash-King was joined by U.S. Army Fort Hood Garrison Commander Col. Chad Foster, Central Texas College historian Mervin Roberts and family members of Bob Gray for the proclamation. Dozens of veterans’ organizations also participated in the annual event.
April 18 has been proclaimed Bob Gray Day since RT Polk, the 18th mayor of Killeen, who served from 1935 to 1943, first proclaimed Bob Gray Day in 1943 and ordered that for the duration of time, “Flags will be flown from every hold and flag pole in the community, and the day will definitely be dedicated to the memorial of a brave heart that fought its way to vital points in enemy territory and destroyed military objectives that were meant to bring harm and destruction to our great country.
Captain Robert “Bob” Gray was a U.S. Army Air Force pilot who was chosen by Lieutenant Colonel James Doolittle to participate in the famous raid on Japan on April 18, 1942. The mission was a daring plan to fly B -25 Mitchell bombers off naval aircraft carriers to show the Japanese Imperials that no place was beyond the reach of the United States after the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor galvanized the United States to qu they join the war.
Cleanup of Killeen gasoline spill – around 2,000 gallons – will take weeks
Environmental cleanup in East Killeen after an 18-wheeler rolled over and spilled 2,000 gallons of gasoline – around 500 gallons more than expected – will take ‘a few more weeks’, according to the company owner of the tanker and coordinates the cleanup effort.
The crash happened near the intersection of Central Texas Expressway and Rosewood Drive shortly after 8 a.m. on March 27, closing roads and prompting a massive response from area fire and police departments.
As gasoline flowed from the overturned gas truck, the smell of fuel could be smelled by passing motorists on Interstate 14 for hours after the overturn.
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