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A former Shoemaker High School swim coach pleaded guilty on Thursday to a state jail felony charge after police said he used a school district credit card to steal more than $7,500 since 2017.

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The Killeen Independent School District bus driver found dead last week was a Vietnam veteran who served on a gunboat patrolling the dangerous rivers during the war, and was known for his generosity and kind heart, according to a co-worker and family friend.

Principals Jill Ross and Stacie Seveska and their staffs have been hard at work preparing for the opening of their schools.

Both educators lead the Belton Independent School District’s two newest campuses. Ross is the top administrator at Lake Belton High School, 9809 FM 2483 in Temple, and Seveska is the leader of Belton Middle School, 1704 Sparta Road in Belton.

“The vibe is full of electricity. It is high energy and really exciting. Our kids and our families are ready to get to school. Our teachers are excited to be at Lake Belton,” Ross said. “They’re anxious about the opening and the way COVID has taken over the opening, but we’re all still very excited.”

Other Bell County districts are starting the academic year with new improvements, too.