By George Slaughter
Bill Lacy, a mortgage banker, is seeking his second term on the Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees. He is seeking position 5 on the board.
Lacy is facing Greg Schulte, an engineer and project manager.
1. Why do you want this job?
I want to continue to serve my community and the students of Katy ISD. There are several programs that are dear to my heart that I want to make sure continue, and there are some other programs I would like to discuss and look into trying to provide to our underserved community.
2. Briefly discuss your professional background, and how that will help you if elected.
I am a mortgage banker and have been in the real estate industry in greater Houston for over 30 years. My unique perspective of being able to see and plan for growth both from a financial and real estate perspective is what I believe is my skillset.
3. If elected, what would your top three priorities for the district be, and why?
Growth, finances, and reaching the underserved. Growth, we need to plan for the continued growth that will be coming to Katy ISD. We need to plan for capital improvements, both with buildings and our finances. We need to make sure that what we do today will be the right thing for the future. Lastly, we need to reach our underserved community members and students. We have an exceptional school district, with amazing opportunities for all of our children—if they choose to take advantage of those opportunities. We need to continue to inform and introduce opportunities for advancement to all of our children.
4. Do you anticipate that the Katy Virtual Academy (KVA) will become a permanent option for students, even when the pandemic comes under control? What measures would you support to ensure all KISD students have access to needed technology for virtual learning?
KVA program is not anything new to Katy ISD. We have had an online learning ability for quite some time. It morphed into KVA due to COVID. I admire the administration on how quickly they were able to ramp up KVA after using it this past spring to its full potential that we are using now.
5. How have you been able to campaign, given the pandemic restrictions (avoiding large gatherings, social distancing, and so forth)?
Campaigning is still reaching people. Social media has helped obviously. But the one on one, reaching out to people who in turn reach out to their friends is important.
6. Is there anything else about your candidacy that Katy News readers should know?
My service to our children and our community is what I value. I have four children (now adults) who all were educated in Katy ISD and are very successful. I have four grandchildren that I want to ensure that will be given the same opportunity for success. Each of our children in Katy ISD and their future is so very important to me. My desire is to help keep Katy ISD the top school district in Greater Houston, and help guide them to be the top in the State of Texas. We have so many wonderful programs—FFA, Fine Arts, Academics, CTE, Miller Career, Raines—to name a few, that have such a significant impact on our children—all our children—and their future successes.