By George Slaughter
The Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees voted Monday to change the boundaries for its junior high schools to accommodate the opening of its newest junior high school.
Junior High #16, which has not yet been named, is slated to open in August. The new boundaries go into effect at that time.
The district said in a statement that the new junior high school will provide relief to Seven Lakes, Tays, and WoodCreek junior high schools, and help balance enrollment throughout that area of the district. The junior high school was approved as part of the November 2017 bond.
The district said that families that could potentially be affected by the boundaries were asked to provide feedback on three potential scenarios. According to the feedback, Option #3 received the most support. Trustees and district officials also reviewed the options and feedback and chose the Option #1 instead.
“Option #3 would eventually cause WoodCreek Junior High to be over capacity by the year 2020, while Tays Junior High would see limited relief and remain well over capacity,” the district statement said.
The district, which earlier this year reached an 80,000 overall student enrollment, continues to grow.
Last month, trustees voted to change the boundaries for its elementary schools to accommodate Elementary #42, also set to open this August.