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 is one of 85 Texas school districts designated as a fast-growth district by the Fast Growth School Coalition in Austin. Demographic firm Population and Survey Analysts projects that KISD’s enrollment will grow by more than 2,000 students a year over the next two decades. KISD will be faced with ensuring that the facilities, staff and services are in place to serve these students.
FGSC Executive Director Michelle Smith said 80 percent of the 80,000 new students moving to Texas each year end up in fewer than 10 percent of the state’s districts. These are the destination 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:
Katy ISD is meeting or exceeding all state education standards, remains in good standing fiscally and is planning for increased enrollment projected at three to five percent annually in the next few years, Superintendent Alton Frailey said.
Frailey presented the district’s report card to community leaders, educators and administrators Nov. 1 at the annual State of the District address.
Growth was a major theme of the presentation, as the district tries to position itself to respond to burgeoning communities and businesses in the area.
“We are a very attractive place to READ MORE »
Katy ISD Gifted and Talented Program (GT) awareness session will be held for parents of children in first through fourth grades and sixth through 11th grades who are interested in referring their child for GT services. The session will take place on Nov. 25, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 1200 of the Katy ISD Educational Support Complex, 6301 S. Stadium Lane.
The purpose of this session is to inform parents of the opportunity to refer their child(ren) for the GT program and to explain the service options available to Katy ISD students. General information about the Katy ISD gifted READ MORE »
Katy ISD trustees officially called for a Nov. 5 student activities facilities bond election Aug. 19 to fund the construction of a second stadium, STEM project center and agricultural sciences center.
“We’re fortunate because of the growth here in Katy that we won’t need a tax increase to pass this bond,” said Tommy Harrison, bond committee chairman. “Student activities need to keep pace with the growth, and we want to make sure the type of facilities we provide for all three of these projects are not so-so, but the best.”
The second stadium would cost $69.5 million to build READ MORE »