On May 14 Aristoi Classical Academy broke ground on Phase 1 of its four-step plan to build a brand new, 22-acre K-12 campus at 5610 Morton Road in Katy. Phase 1 Includes the construction of a 20,000 square foot multi-purpose building and gymnasium, a 4,000 square foot kitchen and cafeteria, portable classroom buildings and an athletic field. Construction is expected to begin in late June to early July. For more on this story, visit READ MORE »
The Katy area has attracted yet another private school, as the British International School of Houston will be moving to a brand-new $80 million facility in Katy. This brings the total number of charter or private schools in the Katy area to approximately 20. Due to Katy's top-rated public school district and the number of prestigious private schools in the area, Katy is known as an education hub. The British Internaitonal School of Houston brags a teacher-student ratio of 10.7 to 1, providing more one-on-one attention. For more on this story, visit READ MORE »
The University of Houston has taken preliminary measures to file a tuition revenue bond worth $60 million to fund the construction of a new campus in Katy.
Jason Smith, University of Houston’s vice president for governmental and community affairs, said the preliminary revenue bond request was filed Jan. 22, and the university has asked District 18 Sen. Lois Kolkhorst and District 132 Rep. Mike Schofield to file separate bills for the tuition revenue bond. Those bills are expected to be filed in February, Smith said.
If passed, the bond would fund the purchase of land for and READ MORE »
Katy ISD officials will be reaching out for input from the community and students’ parents this week for ways to improve district transportation.
The ever-growing school district, which reached a student population of 70,000 this year, will email a survey that will also be available online as part of a search for “a more sustainable solution” to improve its growing pains, officials said.
The school district is urging parents to fill out the transportation survey to provide the feedback on current use and potential changes, such as new bus route modeling and modified school bell READ MORE »
The Katy Independent School District was recently ranked among the top 10 school districts in the nation by the Center for Digital Education and the National School Boards Association for expanding the use of innovative technologies district-wide, as well as in the classroom.
The Digital School Districts Survey showcases exemplary school boards' and districts' use of technology to govern the district, communicate with students, parents and community, and improve district operations.
Katy ISD's sixth-place rank in the large student population category demonstrates how the READ MORE »
Katy ISD could see the addition of six new schools, a second district stadium and a slew of major campus renovations in the next five years if voters approve a $748 million bond referendum on the Nov. 4 ballot.
District administrators saw the need for a bond election primarily to keep up with future growth in the community, Superintendent Alton Frailey said. Demographic firm Population Survey Analysts has projected KISD will grow from 70,000 to 80,000 students by 2018 and 94,000 students by 2023.
“This bond will address our needs over the next three years,” Frailey said. “We READ MORE »
The Katy ISD school board, during its regular meeting June 23, voted to increase teacher salaries in the district by a range of 3 to 7 percent. In contrast with previous pay raises, this year’s salary bump was targeted largely toward teachers with six to 20 years of experience, district officials said.
“This is not just a straight percentage raise across the board but one that addresses specific increases,” said Todd Schneider, assistant superintendent for human resources.
His staff and other district officials have been working on the new salary schedule since April and made READ MORE »
Voters elected two new members to the Katy ISD school board May 10, Ashley Vann and Courtney Doyle, to fill positions 3 and 4 respectively, while position 5 incumbent Henry Dibrell was re-elected for another term.
Board newcomer Vann unseated the incumbent, Bill Proctor, by better than 2 votes to 1. Vann tallied a total of 2,620 votes to Proctor’s 1,285.
"I am pleased that the voters in this year's Katy ISD Board of Trustees election overwhelming chose for me to serve in Position 3," said Vann, 42, who works as a homemaker and volunteer. "It is my plan to work hard, be present READ MORE »
High school students taking the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness end-of-course exams have had a lighter load this year as the Texas Legislature implemented changes reducing the number of tests that will be administered.
The reduction in the number of tests is a move local administrators said will lessen the burden on teachers and students and put the emphasis back on subject matter mastery rather than test preparation.
“Anytime you reduce the number of standardized tests, you take some weight off of teachers and administrators,” said Dr. Allison Matney, director READ MORE »
Katy ISD’s KEYS (Keep Encouraging Youth toward Success) mentor program places caring adults with children on the brink of success at every Katy ISD campus. Through this program the two develop a relationship, spending up to one hour per week together, during the school day, during the school year. Every year, campuses are asked to nominate individuals who have shown exceptional dedication to the students they mentor and to the principles of the KEYS program.
Partners in Education is proud to announce the 2014 KEYS Mentors of the Year:
First Year Mentors of the Year: