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Local District Increases Deposit for Public Use of Tracks

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A local school district is upping the price for the public to be able to use the track at three of the districts public high schools.

Killeen Independent School District will increase their deposit fee from five dollars to $50 starting July 30th. The tracks are open to the general public for exercise but students who want access during summer will have their parents put down the deposit.

Killeen ISD Director of Student Services Joseph Welch says the cost is to ensure people return the keys at the end of the year.

"Considering the cost of replacing locks we felt that it was in KISD's best interest to be a steward of the taxpayers dollars and increase the fee so people return the keys when they're finished using them," said welch.

The deposit will last for an entire year and when a person returns their key to the athletic department they will get their money back.

The tracks at shoemaker, Ellison and Harker Heights High Schools are open to public use but Leo Buckley Stadium at Killeen High School is not.

Welch says the reason they give out keys to the jogger's gate instead of keeping it open is to ensure they have "some control" over who has access to the tracks.

KISD says their policy is in line with other school districts but News Channel 25 found out that Waco ISD has two tracks at Carver and Tennyson Middle School that are open to the public for family use, with no deposit necessary.

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