Katy Texas News
Posted November 3, 2010
Katy ISD voters approved the districtâ€™s $459 million bond package on Tuesday with more than 50,000 people casting a vote on the Katy ISD bond election. Unofficial totals have 27,720 voting â€œforâ€ and 25,948 voting â€œagainstâ€ the package. Election results will become official once the votes are canvassed later this month.
â€œI want to thank the Task Force members who spent many hours crafting this bond package and the community members and volunteers who helped get information out about the referendum,â€ says Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey. â€œThe Katy community has set the direction for Katy ISD, and we now have a lot of work ahead of us as we begin the process of building new schools and investing in our current facilities. We are committed to being transparent during this process as we manage the resources the community has given us to fund these projects.â€
To meet the target dates set for the opening of the three new elementary schools, the new junior high, High School No. 7, and the Wolfe Elementary rebuild, the district is looking to start construction on each of the facilities this spring. All are slated to open in August 2012, with the exception of High School No. 7, which will open in August 2013. The district will also begin the design work for the major renovation projects identified in the bond package to meet the aggressive schedule set for these projects.
The district anticipates that it could have its first bond sale as early as December or January.
Katy ISD is a TEA â€œrecognizedâ€ district serving more than 60,000 students. Covering 181 square miles west of downtown Houston, Katy ISD is comprised of 53 campuses, and with more than 8,300 employees is one of the largest employers in the West Houston area.