Watch live: Katy ISD partners with local agencies for active shooter safety exercise
Katy Independent School District, in conjunction with Fort Bend County Homeland Security and Emergency Management, local EMS, fire and law enforcement agencies, will conduct a full-scale active shooter exercise Wednesday at Tompkins High School.
Katy ISD calls on voters to approve same tax rate to provide salary increase for teachers; Sen. Bettencourt fires back
Voters living in the area of Katy Independent School District will soon vote on a tax rate election (TRE.) It would keep the rate the same and the school district says the extra money they gain would help some staffing shortages.
‘Free and anonymous’: Dispose of expired, unwanted drugs as part of ‘National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative’
The Katy ISD Police Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will allow the public to safely dispose of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications on Saturday.
Howdy Homemade Ice Cream celebrating first anniversary, looking to hire more people with special needs
Howdy Homemade Ice Cream employs adults with special needs and they’re celebrating a lot of big achievements! The company is hosting a one-year-anniversary Friday at the Katy storefront at 20920 Katy Freeway, Ste, S. They have live music, celebrity guests, and ice cream (obviously). Those with special needs will get free ice cream during the celebration from noon to 9 p.m.
Katy ISD approves pay increase for teachers, raise starting pay to $60,700, district says
Katy Independent School District board of trustees approved mid-point pay grade increases of 5% for all district classroom teachers and hourly employees and a 3% raise for all other employees for the 2022-2023 school year.
Alleged 10K gang member charged in deadly after-school fight involving Katy ISD students; bond set at $400K
An 18-year-old who allegedly participated in a huge after-school fight involving Katy ISD students has been identified and charged in the stabbing of three students, according to the Harris County Constable’s Office Precinct 5.
Katy ISD parents demand answers from the district after finding books in campus libraries that contain ‘vulgar and explicit material’
Several Katy ISD parents are upset over certain books that are on the shelves at their kid’s schools. The parents said the books are obscene and sexually explicit in nature.
Katy ISD pulls books, cancels author’s visit after parents petition claiming subject matter teaches ‘critical race theory’
Katy Independent School District said they have “temporarily” removed books by an award-winning children’s author from their library shelves after an outcry from parents claiming the subject matter promotes critical race theory.
Driver injured in crash involving Katy ISD bus, officials say
Cy-Fair Fire Department Crews respond to a crash involving a Katy ISD school bus in the 6100 block of Peek Rd. HOUSTON – An investigation is underway after a driver was injured in a crash involving a Katy Independent School District bus, according to Cy-Fair Fire Department. The school district said its bus was hit by another vehicle. Firefighters said 16 high school students and two adults on board the bus were evaluated at the scene. The driver of the vehicle was taken by ambulance to an area hospital as a precaution, according to Katy ISD.
The Wrap: Girls Basketball Playoffs Scores, Highlights, Interviews, Photos (Area)
1 Cypress Creek defeats Cinco Ranch 67-29Cypress Creek looked the part on Saturday. After a 10-point first quarter, Cypress Creek locked down to allow seven total points over the next two quarters. Cypress Creek Player of the Game - Kyndall HunterPhoto Gallery: Cypress Creek vs Cinco Ranch (Photos by Bradley Collier/VYPE)Langham Creek defeats Grand Oaks 58-37Langham Creek is moving on in the playoffs with a big win over Grand Oaks on Saturday. Houston Heights defeats Ridge Point 61-58Heights is into the Regional Quarterfinals for a second-straight year. After a three-point victory over Ridge Point, the Bulldogs move on to face Cypress Creek in the next round.
The Wrap: Boys Basketball Playoffs Highlights, Interviews, Scores (Bi-District)
Even though it was delayed by just a few days, the 2021 UIL Boys Basketball playoffs have officially begun in Houston. We will continue to update this story throughout the day as scores, highlights and more comes in. Jack Yates defeats Sealy 95-71Jack Yates showed its force again as it not suprisingly opened the playoffs with a double-digit win and nearly hitting the 100-point mark. Memorial defeats Westbury 62-51The Mustangs win first round of the playoffs 62-51!! AdFort Bend Hightower defeats Waltrip 100-43Hightower Boys with the win over Waltrip.
Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show to kick off next week with limited in-person attendance
(AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)More than 400 students will participate in Katy Independent School District’s FFA Livestock Show, beginning next week. All individuals will be required to present a designated ticket to attend the Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show. Ad“The Katy ISD Livestock Show will look a bit different this year, however, we guarantee an outstanding event the parents and students will be proud of,” Martin said. The Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show is scheduled to take place Tuesday, Feb. 16 - 20 at the Gerald D. Young Agricultural Sciences Center. The show is as follows:Tuesday, February 16, 2021*Swine Weigh-in begins at 4 p.m.*Broiler Show begins at 5 p.m.*Postponed due to Inclement WeatherWednesday, February 17, 2021Steer, Goats and Lambs Weigh-in begins at 3 p.m.Rabbit Show begins at 5 p.m.Thursday, February 18, 2021Swine Show begins at 8 a.m.
Voters in Katy ISD will vote on $676 million 2021 bond package in May
KATY, Texas – Katy Independent School District Board of trustees met Monday evening to discuss a 2021 bond package. Katy ISD Board President Ashley Vann said the district is expected to exceed 100,000 students by 2030, and it needs many improvements to accommodate. Monday at the 5:30 p.m. virtual board meeting, Katy ISD trustees were presented with the Community Bond Advisory Committee’s recommended 2021 bond package. ”Katy ISD district grows about 2,500 students a year,” Vann said. The Katy ISD tax rate will not increase.
This Katy ISD student is baking her way to victory on Food Network’s ‘Kids Baking Championship’
KATY, Texas – Miabella Ramirez, 12, is representing Katy in a sweet way. One Katy ISD student is getting ready to bake her way to the top! Miabella Ramirez, @BeckJuniorHigh student, was chosen to compete on Food Network's Kids Baking Championship! pic.twitter.com/eGlpgvvC3D — Katy ISD (@katyisd) December 27, 2020Katy ISD cheered on the Beck Junior High student via Twitter and Facebook, wishing her great luck. You can catch up on Season 9 of “Kids Baking Championship” Mondays at 8 p.m. on Food Network or by watching the latest episodes here.
Prayer vigil held for Tompkins High School student injured in violent crash
On Sunday, friends, family and many others gathered at a Chick Fil A in Katy where he works for a candlelight prayer vigil. “Father God we just come before you with these sweet children on behalf of their brother Sam,” one woman said. Sam is 17 years old and is a senior student at Tompkins High School in Katy. Sam is a wide receiver and Head Football Coach Todd McVey says Sam is a good kid who can do it all. If you would like to help Sam and his family, more information can be found on the Tompkins Football Facebook page.
Photo Gallery: Seven Lakes defeats Klein for State Championship powered by Athlete Training + Health
It has been over a week since Seven Lakes defeated Klein for the Class 6A State Championship bringing the first-ever state crown in volleyball to Katy ISD. Check out some of the best photos from it powered by Athlete Training + Health. About Athlete Training + HealthAthlete Training + Health's mission is to use best practices of health and performance to provide a world-class training environment for active adults and athletes of all ages and abilities. Our multi-field, state-of-the-art facilities are equipped with advanced pro-style weight rooms and dedicated areas for adult and youth athletes. ATH's highly-skilled coaches deploy training strategies that elevate – regardless of age or ability – athletes' performance to the highest level through consistent evaluation and education.
One Win Away: Fulshear sweeps Dripping Springs; showdown with Lovejoy set for 5A crown
"It's awesome, it's something we talked about all year," Fulshear coach Sydney Gotcher said. "I think at the end of the year last year people were saying Lovejoy and Fulshear. Lovejoy is a brand in the volleyball - much like North Shore in football - and they have won a lot. In fact, Lovejoy enters Saturday seeking back-to-back titles for its program and the eighth overall but Fulshear is ready to claim its second-straight crown. "They are just the ultimate volleyball team when you think of 5A volleyball.
Katy High School football star kicked off team, now suing to be reinstated
KATY – A star quarterback for Katy High School, who made headlines last year for being caught on camera using a racial slur, is once again off the football team. Now, he is suing Katy ISD to be reinstated. The 19-year-old student was suspended in September after a Katy ISD police and a K-9 found a substance they believed to be marijuana in Bronson’s vehicle during a search of the Katy H.S. But in a letter dated September 28, less than two weeks after the incident, the Katy ISD superintendent Dr. Ken Gregorski appeared to clear McClelland of any wrongdoing. A spokesperson for Katy ISD would not answer questions about the case.
Katy ISD closes elementary school for COVID-19 outbreak
KATY, TEXAS – Katy ISD closed Nottingham Country Elementary Thursday after a COVID-19 outbreak on campus. Seventeen students and five staff members tested positive for COVID-19, according to the district’s online dashboard. The district sent a letter to parents saying officials would notify those who came in direct contact with the 22 people. Katy ISD closed Seven Lakes High School when at least 43 students tested positive for COVID-19 last week. Starting Friday, Katy ISD is offering free COVID-19 testing for students.
Seven Lakes High School to temporarily halt in-person classes after 40+ COVID-19 cases on campus
KATY, Texas – Seven Lakes High School will be temporarily closed Friday after at least 43 students tested positive for COVID-19, according to Katy ISD. Students and staff will report back for in-person learning on Nov. 3. During the campus closure, in-person students will be provided intermittent at-home virtual learning. These gatherings include off-campus weekend parties where social distancing and mask-wearing has not occurred.”The district is also reporting that two staff members have active cases of COVID-19. According to campus condition stages, the school will not close until confirmed cases exceed 10% of current facility occupancy.
Seven Lakes High School to temporarily halt in-person classes after COVID-19 outbreak on campus
KATY, Texas – Seven Lakes High School will be temporarily closed Friday after at least 43 students tested positive for COVID-19, according to Katy ISD. Students and staff will report back for in-person learning on Nov. 3. During the campus closure, in-person students will be provided intermittent at-home virtual learning. District officials said any staff or students determined to have been directly exposed will be notified. According to campus condition stages, the school will not close until confirmed cases exceed 10% of current facility occupancy.
Katy ISD superintendent gives State of the District Address
KATY, Texas – Katy ISD Superintendent Ken Gregorski gave the State of the District Address Friday morning on YouTube. Katy ISD students earned top scores on national assessments and won a number of statewide championships in music and sports. “The on-site testing facility for rapid testing will be for our employees and their dependents who are insured with the district. As far as we know we are the only ones in the state doing this to mitigate COVID-19,” said Katy ISD Superintendent, Ken Gregorski. The Katy ISD COVID-19 Testing Facility is located at the Agriculture Sciences Center, 5825 Katy Hockley Cut-Off Road, Katy, TX 77493.
‘Teddy Cop’: Katy ISD officer teaching kids that the uniform means safety, friendship
HOUSTON – Katy ISD Police Department Officer Luis Santiago is known as “The Teddy Cop.”He hands out bears to special needs students and lets them know that the uniform represents protection, safety and friendship, among other things. “The teddy bear and the police uniform is a learning tool," he said. "It teaches them not to be afraid. And now with coronavirus, being that everyone has to wear a mask, Teddy Cop wears the mask to say stay safe, you gotta wear your mask.”Santiago started the program five years ago and has given out 2,100 bears. He hopes other school districts will do something similar.
Katy ISD board president discusses lower property tax rate, name proposals for campus
KATY, Texas – The president of the Katy Independent School District board released a digital message to parents and staff about September’s achievements, new campuses, how the district will cope with a lowered tax rate, among other topics. Board President Courtney Doyle welcomed students back to the fall semester, saying nearly 84,000 students are enrolled in 68 of its campuses. Tax rate decreaseThe district will be saving its taxpayers this year after board trustees approved a drop in the school tax rate of 5.43 cents per $100 valuation. New name proposal for new campusDuring September’s board meeting, it was recommended for Junior High #17 to be named Bill and Cindy Haskett Junior High for the new campus. Cindy Haskett taught math at Katy Junior High from 1980 until she retired in 2005, culminating 33 years in public education.
Katy ISD will provide free meals to all students living in the area until December
KATY, Texas – The Katy Independent School District is providing free meals to all students in the area, even if they aren’t part of the district, after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) extended the food program waiver, the district announced. Katy ISD began providing meals Monday and students can receive free breakfast and lunch through Dec. 31, or pending available funds through the USDA and TDA. “All students are eligible for one breakfast and one lunch meal per day per federal guidance,” said Nutrition & Food Service Executive Director Donna Pittenger. “Parents can however add funds to their student’s Pay N' Go meal account for a la carte purchases or in preparation for when the USDA waiver ends,” she added. Once the waiver expires, Katy ISD will switch back to the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program, according to a press release.
Mayde Creek High School QB arrested, faces 4 counts of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon
KATY, Texas – Mayde Creek High School quarterback Donte Jones, 18, is facing four counts of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon after being arrested by Houston police with assistance from Katy Independent School District Police Thursday. Officials say Jones and three others were gathered at an apartment complex in the 18600 block of South Parkview Drive on August 22, according to court records. One of the victims identified Jones to police saying he’s seen Jones before because they both attended Katy ISD’s Opportunity Awareness Center alternative school. “On September 17, 2020, the Katy ISD Police at the request of the Houston Police Department (HPD), assisted in the arrest of student Donte Jones. The arrest pertains to an HPD case, and details regarding possible charges should be directed to that agency," Katy ISD officials wrote in part in a statement to KPRC 2.
2 Houston-area public school districts named ‘best in-state employers,’ according to Forbes
HOUSTON – Two Houston-area public school districts, Katy and Clear Creek ISDs, were named as one of the country’s best in-state employers, according to Forbes Magazine’s second annual ranking of America’s Best Employers by State. Katy ISD was ranked No. 2 while Clear Creek ISD was at No. This marks the second time Katy ISD made this list, ranking as No. 22 best employers to work for in Texas.
David Hasselhoff welcomes back Katy ISD to in-person learning and it is everything
KATY, Texas – Students at Katy Independent School District returned to in-person classes this week after three weeks of virtual learning. It was a high-stress week for parents, teachers and students worried about going back to school amid a pandemic, so to wrap up the week, the district shared a legendary “welcome back” video. The message was sent from none other than David Hasselhoff and it was everything you would expect from The Hoff. “After six months of virtual learning, the students of Katy ISD will return face-to-face, mask-to-mask with the other awesome teachers on Tuesday (Sept. 8),” Hasselhoff said in the video. I know the kids are so excited.”According to the district, the video was provided by a Katy ISD parent as a “special surprise for back to school.”We aren’t sure if the kids in school know who Hasselhoff is, but one can only hope they appreciated the epic-ness of the video.
Katy ISD, several other districts plan to start in-person learning Tuesday
HOUSTON Several major school districts plan to welcome some students back to campus Tuesday amid the coronavirus pandemic. With about half of Katy Independent School Districts students returning to campuses, parents will be armed with a new and necessary tool. Because its been hard on online work, said Carlee Staton, a Katy student. That includes pregnant mom Sachet Harrold, who has two kids online and health concerns about the baby on the way. However, because they werent able to get devices to all the students, HISD will open 36 campuses as digital learning centers for elementary and middle school students who need them.
Katy ISD to open rapid COVID-19 testing site for employees to help mitigate spread of virus
KATY, Texas The Katy Independent School District announced this week that will open a COVID-19 rapid testing site for its employees to help slow the spread of the virus as students plan to return to class. The testing site will open to district staff only and hours of operation will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Heres who can qualify to get tested at this free site:Katy ISD employees potentially exposed to a positive case at work, or outside of workKaty ISD employees qualifying dependents under the Katy ISD Health PlanKaty ISD employees who are uninsured with Katy ISD (no family or spouses)Testing will be based on a first-come, first-serve basis. The testing site will be located at the Agriculture Sciences Center, 5825 Katy Hockley Cut-Off Road. For more information on Katy ISD Staff Resources, click here.
What you need to know about Katy ISDs new coronavirus dashboard
Thursday, the District launched its COVID-19 Case Dashboard, providing parents with a robust tool to keep themselves updated during this ongoing global health crisis. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) recently directed all Texas school districts to submit weekly reports on positive COVID-19 cases based on data from the previous week. The COVID-19 Case Dashboard is easy to navigate and is updated every night to provide parents the most up to date information.What is it? Data on the Dashboard is displayed by districtwide active cases, as well as cases by staff, students and campus. Anyone interested can find more information about the dashboard, Katy ISDs self-reporting app and the employee testing site online.
Katy ISD students kickoff school year virtually
KATY, Texas – Katy ISD is set to begin the school year with a virtual start on Wednesday morning. More than 85,000 k-12th grade will begin the school year with online learning. Katy ISD Superintendent Dr. Ken Gregorski said that the district has been working for weeks to make sure that students have the technology needed to begin the school year. So we feel that our system is up and ready and functional to handle the capacity that it will need for students to get online,” the superintendent said. All the way from when you get on the bus where every child getting on school transportation is required to wear a mask.
Local school districts give Judge Hidalgos school reopening plan a failing grade
KATY, Texas Harris County's roadmap to reopening schools plan is experiencing a few bumps as local districts are giving the idea a failing grade. I see the point of view, said Nour Elyaed, a former Katy ISD student with siblings still in teh district. But also I think it can definitely be challenged because there are people who have been homeschooled before and it wasnt much of an issue.Parent Dionne Sames said she believes students should definitely return to class at some point. Maybe its a phased approach by, grade or something, Sames said. The state in large part has given local districts the leeway to decide exactly when to return to class.
Humble ISD, Katy ISD set to restart Strength & Conditioning Camps Wednesday
"I got word late this afternoon that we had the green light to start tomorrow if we'd like," Humble ISD Athletic Director Troy Kite said about restarting Strength & Conditioning Camps. As of 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Katy ISD and Humble ISD had announced their intentions to restart Strength & Conditioning Camps starting Wednesday, July 29. The very next tweet on their timeline, quoting Humble ISD Athletics Tuesday announcement - "WE'RE BACK!!!!! For Humble ISD, the district had been hosting Strength & Conditioning Camps since June 8, when the University Interscholastic League made it where those could resume. Humble ISD has been very active in getting input from the parents of their students through surveys that have been conducted throughout the summer.
Ask 2: How does virtual learning work? Is it all day for students?
The question: How does virtual learning work? The answer: The virtual learning experience may be different depending on which district your child is enrolled in. While districts consent in-person learning is the most effective learning environment, the spike of coronavirus in the Greater Houston area has many districts opting to begin the 2020-2021 school year with virtual learning. For example, Katy Independent School District is offering in-person learning and a virtual program, the Katy Virtual Academy. However, some districts, like Houston and Alief ISDs, are only offering virtual learning to start the fall.
Ask 2: What happens when a student or teacher tests positive for COVID-19?
As part of our new Ask 2 series, the newsroom will answer your questions about all things Houston. Question: What is the plan if/when a student or teacher tests positive for C-19? Will the whole class need to quarantine or will they continue class as usual and monitor symptoms? Answer: Protocols for when a student or teacher becomes infected with the coronavirus varies for each school district. Click here to learn what your school districts plans are for the upcoming school year.
Katy ISD launches new Smart Restart website, highlights reopening plan for students and staff
KATY, Texas Katy ISD unveiled their 2020-2021 school year reopening plan on a separate website for parents and students. The website, called Smart Restart, highlights important links for students who wish to return to school in person, and those who want to return online. It also includes resources for parents like safety protocols at all campuses and FAQ pages. The district unveiled two methods of learning: on-campus and virtual, also known as the Katy Virtual Academy. Parents and students who want to enroll in Katy Virtual Academy may do it between July 20 and August 5.
Katy Independent School District: What you need to know about the district’s 2020-2021 school plans.
Katy ISD announced on July 23 that it will begin the school year with three weeks of online learning. Parents and students who are interested in Katy ISD’s online learning, Katy Virtual Academy, can make their choice by August 5. “On September 8, the goal is to resume plans to reopen campuses for both in-person instruction and virtual instruction. District staff and faculty will be required to wear facial coverings. Measures not in place:PartitioningClass size limitsExtracurricular activities:Students who participate in Katy Virtual Academy can partictpate in UIL-cocurricular and extracurricular activities.
Officials, parents react to TEA guidelines, STARR testing requirement for upcoming school year
Parents raised many concerns, including STARR testing being put back on the calendar for the upcoming school year. Katy Independent School District officials are working on a safety plan that will give parents the option of both online or in-person instruction. The district plans to finalize its plans within the next few weeks. STARR testing to resumeWhile school officials attempt to get students and teachers back safely, parents are not happy with the STARR testings back on the schedule. KPRC 2 reached out to the TEA Commissioner to see if districts would be given any more time or if state officials will consider moving STARR testing.
To send back or home school? Katy ISD asking parents’ feedback on reopening schools
KATY, Texas – Katy Independent School District is asking parents several questions in a survey, including what they want to do this fall semester when schools reopen. The survey asks if parents want to send their children back to school or keep them home and continue online learning? On Monday, Katy ISD parents got a video message from Superintendent Ken Gregorski asking parents to fill out the survey. Gregorski adds, parents, will be able to choose from in-person classes, to online learning, or both. Other parents told KPRC 2 they are OK with the older kids going back.
This is how Katy ISD is recognizing its graduates who enlisted in the military
With graduating ceremonies beginning June 17, many Katy ISD seniors who have enlisted in the military will miss the long-awaited day due to event postponements as a result of the coronavirus. In order to recognize these brave students, Katy ISD created a special graduation video honoring its class of 2020 military enlistees for their high school achievements and decision to serve the nation. Katy ISD reports more than 80 of its graduating seniors have enlisted in the military, with the majority joining the Army or Marine Corps. Click here to view the full list of students and what branch they’ve enlisted in.
VYPE Houston Girls Jumper of the Year Fan Poll
Despite the 2020 track and field season being cut short, there were still some amazing performances. VYPE has scoured the standings on MileSplit.com and have gathered the best of the best in each running category. Go crazy track nation and vote for the 2020 VYPE Houston Girls Jumper of the Year in this fan poll. The poll will close on Thursday, May 28 at 7 P.M! 2020 VYPE Houston Girls Jumper of the Year Fan Poll (Closes Thursday, May 28 at 7 p.m.)
JOB ALERT: Katy ISD is hosting a virtual job fair to fill 230 teaching positions
Anyone interested can register for the district’s Virtual Teacher Job Fair on May 4 and 5 and virtual interviews will be held from May 6 through 8. At this time, the Katy ISD Virtual Job Fair is only for teaching positions. Complete a current Katy ISD application online by visiting the Job Postings webpage. Probationary certificates for which the applicant has applied and paid, and the university/program has recommended will be accepted for the registration to Katy ISD Virtual Job Fair. If you have questions, you can contact the Katy ISD Human Resources Department at HRInquiries@KatyISD.org.
Katy ISD offers to house displaced animals after Rodeo Houston shutdown
KATY, Texas – After the City of Houston, Harris County and health department leaders canceled the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo due to coronavirus concerns, competition animals from across the country scheduled to be housed at Reliant Park needed to be removed from the site as well. Rodeo officials said they reached out to local partners, including Katy Independent School District, to assist with accommodating participants’ animals by providing barn shelter overnight. On Wednesday at 7 p.m., Katy ISD opened doors to their Gerald D. Young Agricultural Sciences Center, located at 5825 Katy Hockley Cut Off Rd. to all Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo participants who are in need of housing for their competition animals. Katy ISD personnel, including teachers, grounds staff and law enforcement, were on-site to greet and assist the animal guests.
These 3 Houston-area school districts are among the best in Texas, new survey reveals
HOUSTON – Three Houston-area school districts were ranked among the top school districts in Texas according to a survey by niche.com. The survey was based on factors such as college readiness, graduation rates, teacher quality, and test scores. Katy ISD, Friendswood ISD and Tomball ISD came in at Nos. The list also included Pearland ISD, Conroe ISD and Clear Creek ISD as honorable mentions. 2020 Best School Districts in Texas1.
Several Mayde Creek Junior High students hospitalized due to cellphone battery smoke, district says
KATY, Texas – Several Mayde Creek Junior High students were sent to area hospitals Friday after a cellphone battery began to smoke, according to Katy Independent School District spokeswoman Maria DiPetta. According to the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office, investigators determined several students were playing with an old cellphone by taking it apart. Investigators said one of the students was playing with the battery, causing it to overheat, bulge and smoke. Those students were taken to our nurse’s office and those that suffered from smoke inhalation were transported by our EMS units,” Dipetta said. Officials with the West Lake Fire Department said the smoke was caused by battery failure.
These are all the school dates Katy ISD parents need to know about for the next 3 years
Mark your calendars parents, Katy ISD students will start school on Aug. 19 next year, based on the instructional calendars the district's trustees approved during the board meeting on Dec. 16. The newly-approved calendars mark important district dates for the next two school years, 2020-21 and 2021-22. During the 2020-21 school year, students will start school on Aug. 19, 2020 and end school on May 27, 2021. During the 2021-22 school year, students will start school on Aug. 18, 2021 and end school on May 26, 2022. The calendars:Instructional Calendar 2020-2021 School YearInstructional Calendar 2021-2022 School Year
Katy ISD approves measures to bring relief to busing needs
KATY, Texas – The Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees approved two measures Monday that it hopes will help improve the transportation of students. “The camera system upgrade will provide the latest in technology and safety measures available in school bus transportation,” said Ted Vierling, Katy’s assistant superintendent of operations. The agreement with GoldStar Transit, a Texas-based transportation company, will service at least 40 bus routes for Katy. GoldStar already provides service to school districts such as Fort Bend ISD, Bastrop ISD, Waco ISD, and Navasota ISD. The GoldStar drivers will go through the same training as Katy ISD bus drivers and the company’s buses will display Katy ISD signage and the equipment will be on level with standards set by the school district for all of its buses.
Katy ISD responds to claims student was raped at Mayde Creek High School
KATY, Texas – Katy Independent School District police confirmed Thursday they are investigating allegations that a 16-year-old girl was attacked and raped in a secluded hallway near the cafeteria at Mayde Creek High School about 11:30 a.m. Nov. 22. Sexual assault is an incident that campus administration and Katy ISD police investigate thoroughly to ensure student and staff safety. The safety of our students at MCHS and throughout Katy ISD is our utmost priority. I appreciate your support and understanding as we continue our investigation with the Katy ISD Police Department. KPRC 2 spoke with district officials who said a Katy ISD detective tried to contact the girl and her mother, but they were uncooperative.
Katy ISD releases renderings showing $58 million football stadium
KATY, Texas – Katy ISD has released renderings showing what its new $58 million football stadium will look like. This will be the second football stadium in the district. The district Tuesday released pictures showing a fan's-eye view of what will become the new stadium that will seat 12,000 people. The district will also leave the second floor of the building empty for future expansion and will include a high school football hall of fame. The new stadium was part of a $748 million school bond package that was approved by voters last November.
Mega screens popular in high school football stadiums
The Houston Independent School District paid a total $530,838 for two new scoreboards put up this year at Butler and Barnett Stadiums. At Texas' newest and largest high school stadium in Allen, a Dallas suburb, a custom scoreboard towers 75 feet above a new $60 million football stadium with enough room to seat 18,000 fans. The high-resolution HD screen is 38 feet wide by 23 feet tall, according to Jeff Chaney with the Allen Independent School District athletic department. Katy ISD also funds their mega screen scoreboard at Rhodes stadium with advertising dollars. "All of these are outdoor classrooms as well as football stadiums," said Debbie Decker, Katy ISD athletic director.