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Updates from the Capitol

We’re finally approaching the part of the legislative session when the House floor debates are getting longer, and bills are moving quicker. This is when all the advance work turns into bills that become law – or are killed. This is the time in session when it moves into overdrive. My team and I continue to work tirelessly on behalf of House District 132! Below is a summary of the information you’ll find in this […]

Meet the Katy ISD School Board Candidates: Carima DGupta

Carima DGupta (Carima DGupta photo)

By George Slaughter Carima DGupta, a teacher, is seeking the Position 6 seat on the Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees. She is one of six candidates seeking the seat. Incumbent Susan Gesoff, an engineer, is seeking reelection. Other candidates include former trustee Rebecca Fox; Bonnie Anderson, an assessor quality management analyst; William X. Branch, a truck driver; and Joe Wojcik, a security investigator and adjunct college professor. Voters will also decide whether to […]

Meet the Katy ISD School Board Candidates: Susan Gesoff

Susan Gesoff (Susan Gesoff photo)

By George Slaughter Susan Gesoff, an engineer, is seeking re-election to the Position 6 seat on the Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees. She was first elected in 2018. Gesoff has drawn five opponents. One of them, Rebecca Fox, is a former trustee. The four other candidates are Bonnie Anderson, an assessor quality management analyst; William X. Branch, a truck driver; Garima DGupta, a teacher; and Joe Wojcik, a security investigator and adjunct college […]

Meet the Katy ISD School Board Candidates: Rebecca Fox

Rebecca Fox (Rebecca Fox photo)

By George Slaughter Rebecca Fox, a motivational speaker and former trustee, is seeking the Position 6 seat on the Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees. Fox previously served in the Position 2 seat from 2004-2019. She decided to seek the Position 1 seat that year, but lost that reelection bid. Fox is one of six candidates seeking the Position 6 seat. Incumbent Susan Gesoff, an engineer, is seeking reelection. Other candidates include Bonnie Anderson, […]

Meet the Katy ISD School Board Candidates: Bonnie Anderson

Bonnie Anderson (Bonnie Anderson photo)

By George Slaughter Bonnie Anderson, an assessor quality management analyst, is seeking the the Position 6 seat on the Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees. She is one of six candidates seeking the seat. Incumbent Susan Gesoff, an engineer, is seeking reelection. Other candidates include former trustee Rebecca Fox; Carima DGupta, a teacher; William X. Branch, a truck driver; and Joe Wojcik, a security investigator and adjunct college professor. Voters will also decide whether […]

Meet the Katy ISD School Board Candidates: Joe Wojcik

Joe Wojcik (Joe Wojcik photo)

by George Slaughter Joe Wojcik, a security investigator and adjunct college professor, is seeking the Position 6 seat on the Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees. Wojcik is one of six candidates seeking the seat. Incumbent Susan Gesoff, an engineer, is seeking reelection. Other candidates include former trustee Rebecca Fox; Bonnie Anderson, an assessor quality management analyst; William X. Branch, a truck driver; and Carima DGupta, a teacher. Voters will also decide whether to […]

Katy ISD to Celebrate Volunteers with Family Movie Night

Katy ISD Volunteers in Public Schools Celebration May 7th The Katy ISD Volunteer Celebration will be held at Legacy Stadium on Friday, May 7th from 6:30-9:00 p.m.  Hosted by Partners in Education and the Volunteers in Public Schools Executive Board, this annual event honors the thousands of school district volunteers who donate their time and talents to our students and teachers. This year, the party goes beyond the walls of the annual Merrell Center event to […]

City Appoints Parker Fire Chief

Katy Fire Chief Kenneth Parker poses with his family after his appointment. Pictured are, from left, his stepdaughter Kayla Santos, his wife Angela, and daughters Kenzie and Kaileigh (Katy Fire Department photo)

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday appointed Kenneth Parker as permanent fire chief. Parker had served as interim fire chief since last October, when former chief Russell “Rusty” Wilson took a similar position with the Mesquite Fire Department. “I’m excited,” Parker said in an interview. “I have been here in Katy and seen the growth. I feel very blessed to be given the opportunity to be chief for this city.” Parker said his […]

Katy ISD Dedicates Jordan High School, McElwain Elementary School

Melvin Jordan sits with his daughter, Beverlye Jordan Shafer, at the dedication of Jordan High School (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter The Katy Independent School District dedicated its two newest schools over the past few days, though the schools themselves have been going strong since opening last August The district dedicated Jordan High School, 27500 Fulshear Bend Dr., Monday night. It dedicated McElwain Elementary School, 6631 Greenwood Orchard Dr., Thursday. Both schools honor longtime contributors to the Katy community and the district. In the case of Jordan, the school honors an entire family. […]

Meet the Katy ISD School Board Candidates: Dawn Champagne

Dawn Champagne (Dawn Champagne photo)

By George Slaughter Dawn Champagne, who works in retail sales, is seeking reelection to the Position 7 seat on the Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees. She was elected in 2018. She faces one opponent, Walter Butler, who works in sales. Voters will also decide whether to approve a $676 million bond proposal. The bond package has four propositions: Proposition A: New schools, renovations, safety & security and building component replacements, for $591,368,568. Proposition […]