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02.13
2015

Katy city officials break ground on new City Hall

Tagged in: Katy, community, Events

Katy city officials broke ground Jan. 15 on the site for a new city hall across from the current facility on Avenue C.

The new city hall will be a three-story, 33,000-square-foot building. Construction is expected to take a year with the building scheduled to open in spring 2016.

Mayor Fabol Hughes said construction of a new city hall is overdue, citing deteriorating conditions and overcrowding in the city’s current building located at 910 Ave. C.

“[The current city hall] is starting to deteriorate rapidly,” he said. “There are cracks in the wall, leaks in the roof, the READ MORE »

02.6
2015

City of Katy launches mass-notification system

Tagged in: Katy, community

The City of Katy launched a mass-notification system on Jan. 29 in order to keep residents informed of severe weather, hazards and community events as quickly as possible, officials said.

Through the new system, known as Katy-Connect, city officials can quickly push voice messages to homes, businesses and cell phones. The system is also able to send emails and text messages and can post messages onto the city’s Facebook page and Twitter feed, City of Katy’s Emergency Management Coordinator Maria Galvez said.

“Keeping our community safe and informed is our top priority, which is READ MORE »

01.29
2015

University of Houston looking to grow in Katy

Tagged in: Katy, education, community

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 »

01.21
2015

Officials outline plans for Katy Mills boardwalk project

Tagged in: Katy, community, Events

A boardwalk project planned for behind Katy Mills, south of Kingsland Boulevard, will include a convention center complex with a hotel, parking garage and zones for residential, office and retail spaces, Katy Development Authority officials said during a special workshop session before the Katy City Council’s regular meeting Jan. 12.

The project is slated to take eight to 10 years to complete at an estimated cost of nearly $49 million, accounting for inflation, said Katy Development Authority representative Steve Robinson.

The city of Katy will be responsible for about $10.5 READ MORE »

01.13
2015

Katy ISD to survey parents, community to evaluate transportation options

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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 »

12.23
2014

Walls go up at Memorial Hermann Katy tower sire

Tagged in: Katy, community, Events

Commuters on I-10 have seen some notable changes to the north as construction at Memorial Hermann Hospital Katy continues. What once was a ground-level foundation has turned into the shell of a six-story, 229,000-square-foot expansion of the hospital slated to open next year.

Construction began in May on the $85 million project that will add 52 beds in the patient tower—bringing the hospital’s total to 194 beds—and a four-story, 100,000-square-foot medical plaza for office space west of the hospital.

Marshall B. Heins, chief facility officer for Memorial Herman, said work on READ MORE »

12.4
2014

Katy reaches 6A Division II regional final after drubbing Dawson

At the time, Katy football coach Gary Joseph said his team, especially the offensive line, had some growing up to do.

The Tigers were walking off the field at Woodforest Bank Stadium in September, heading to the locker room as The Woodlands players and fans were celebrating a decisive 21-point victory that sent shock waves across the state.

Joseph, who has led Katy to three state championships in 10 years, was right. Katy's staple is its powerful running game, but the offensive line had to replace four graduated seniors from from last season.

"I know a lot of people wrote READ MORE »

11.21
2014

Katy ISD Ranked Top 10 in Digital School Districts Survey

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 »

10.23
2014

Simon Kidgits Club to host Boo Bash Party at Katy Mills Oct. 31

Katy Mills will offer South Texas-area children a safe place to take part in Halloween activities as the Simon Kidgits Club® presents its annual Boo Bash event on Friday, Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the AMC Plaza.

“Katy Mills is the perfect place for families looking for Halloween entertainment in a fun, safe community environment,” said Sabrina Scruta, director of marketing and business development for Katy Mills. “Whether kids want to show-off their new costume or take home some Halloween-themed crafts, there is an activity, here, to suit superheroes, princesses and not-so- READ MORE »

10.1
2014

Katy ISD named fast-growth district

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 »

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