Katy ISD Board of Trustees

Champagne Elected to Serve on State Association Board

Dawn Champagne (Dawn Champagne photo)

By George Slaughter Katy school board trustee Dawn Champagne has been elected to a one-year term on the Texas Association of School Boards Board of Directors, Region 4, Position E. The board, known as TASB, serves local Texas school boards. The association represents more than 7,999 publicly elected school board members who provide local governance and oversight for more than 5.4 million Texas students. It was established in 1949. “I look forward to serving Katy […]

Trustees Vote to End Katy Virtual Academy

By George Slaughter Katy school trustees Monday voted to end the Katy Virtual Academy, with its approximately 3,500 enrolled students returning to in-person learning Oct. 18. The district reinstated virtual learning for kindergarten through sixth grade students in August. It did so in response to concerns that no vaccine was available for students ages 11 and under, and the ongoing debate about mask mandates. When the district reinstated virtual learning, it did so with the […]

Katy School Trustees Defer Decision on Extending Katy Virtual Academy

By George Slaughter Citing a lack of data and the time needed to process it, Katy school trustees deferred a decision on whether to extend the Katy Virtual Academy for the remainder of the fall semester. Trustees will take up the measure at a special workshop set for next Monday. The district reestablished the Katy Virtual Academy in August for kindergarten through sixth grade students. It was an option for families and students with concerns […]

Trustees Adopt Return to School Plan

Greg Schulte (Katy ISD photo)

By George Slaughter The Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees Monday adopted a return to school plan that officials described as a “customized” approach that enables a campus-by-campus approach to dealing with coronavirus cases. However, the plan does not mandate the use of facemasks. Greg Schulte, school board president, said this is in keeping with an executive order from Gov. Greg Abbott. Abbott’s order restricts local entities from issuing mask mandates. But Harris County […]

Katy ISD Trustees Approve 2021-22 Budget

By George Slaughter The Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees Monday approved a $1.1 billion budget that will include a property tax decrease for the fourth consecutive year. In a presentation to trustees, Chief Financial Officer Chris Smith said the property tax rate would be $1.35 per $100 property valuation, a 4-cent decrease from last year’s $1.39 rate. The district has been able to reduce property tax rates as commercial and residential growth increase […]

Trustees Reestablish Katy Virtual Academy Option for Kindergarten-Sixth Grade Students

Leslie Haack (Katy ISD photo)

By George Slaughter The Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees reestablished the Katy Virtual Academy for students in kindergarten through sixth grade. This option enables those students to receive virtual instruction for the first nine weeks of the fall semester. Trustees took this action Tuesday at a special board meeting. Families wishing to register their students for the Katy Virtual Academy have a short registration window. Registration begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday and ends […]

Katy ISD Enrollment Underway for 2021-22

Dr. Andrea Grooms, chief of communications; Maria DiPetta, media relations manager; Rachel Migues, communications and social media specialist, and Ray Cortez, of the Katy ISD Communications Department (Katy ISD photo)

By George Slaughter Katy Independent School District students return to school August 18, and the district asks parents to enroll students through its online registration system. The district describes a “new” student as a K-12 learner who has never attended a school within the Katy ISD, or a previous Katy ISD student who withdrew and is re-enrolling. All Katy ISD students must to enroll, or update their information, for the new school year using the […]

District Seeks Feedback on Boundary Modifications

By George Slaughter The Katy Independent School District is seeking feedback on two proposed attendance boundary modifications that, if adopted by trustees in October, would go into effect in Fall 2022. One proposed change involves Bryant Elementary School. The other involves Paetow High School. The Bryant Elementary proposal would address the rapid growth within the neighborhoods surrounding that campus and transition students who reside primarily in the Cane Island development to Elementary #44. The district […]

Fox, Champagne Sworn In As Katy ISD Trustees

Rebecca Fox (Rebecca Fox photo)

By George Slaughter Rebecca Fox and Dawn Champagne were sworn into office Monday night at the Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees meeting. Fox, a motivational speaker, was elected to serve in the Position 6 seat. Fox rejoins the board after losing a reelection bid in 2019. Champagne, who works in retail sales, was reelected to her second term in the Position 7 seat. Following the swearing-in ceremony, trustees selected Greg Shulte as board […]

Fox, Champagne Re-Elected to Katy School Board, Bond Approved

Rebecca Fox (Rebecca Fox photo)

By George Slaughter Katy Independent School District voters re-elected two school board trustees Saturday while also approving a $676 million bond. The board will meet May 12 to canvass the returns. In the Position 6 race, motivational speaker and former trustee Rebecca Fox defeated incumbent Susan Gesoff and three other challengers to win re-election to the board. Fox previously served in the Position 2 seat from 2004-2019. She sought the Position 1 seat that year, […]