Katy ISD held the official Dedication Ceremony for Fred and Patti Shafer Elementary in West Katy on October 18. Katy’s 35th elementary school opened in August to more than 800 students.
The dedication ceremony was held in the evening with a reception preceding the ceremony. The ceremony included presentations by Shafer Principal – Cheryl Rankin, Assistant Principal – Becky Wingfield, Superintendent – Alton Frailey, School Board President – Rebecca Fox, State Senator – Glenn Hegar, and Fred and Patti Shafer.
The ceremony honored Mr. & Mrs. Shafer as namesakes for the new school and reflected on their long careers in Education. Fred Shafer spent his educational career working with special needs children in Texas, and most recently served as the Executive Director for Special Education, Counseling, and Psychological Services for Katy ISD, prior to retiring last year. Patti Shafer spent 16 years teaching in the classroom prior to becoming a school administrator for three of Katy ISD’s Jr. High schools. Patti retired from Katy ISD last year as Principal of Woodcreek Jr.High.
In addition to the presentations aforementioned, the Shafers were entertained and honored by more than 75 Shafer Elementary students, receiving gifts and presentations from students in every grade during the ceremony. Entertainment included the Shafer Elementary Harmony Brigade. With students acting as comedians, jugglers, jesters, trumpeters, and knights, the ceremony was one for the record books!