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Katy ISD Announces Namesake Recommendations for 2 New Elementary Schools Opening Fall 2023


December 13, 2022

By Natalie Cook Clark

Katy ISD is currently building 4 new schools to meet the city’s growth. Two new elementary schools are set to open this fall. The Board of Trustees has announced the recommended namesakes for those schools.

David and Terri Youngblood are the recommended namesake for Elementary 45. Photo credit: Katy ISD

Katy ISD Builds Schools to Meet Area Growth

The Katy area continues to grow a record pace, especially in the Northwest quadrant of the area. To meet growth and the District standards of education, they are currently building 4 new schools.

"Families are moving to the District in droves, leading to a projected enrollment of more than 100,000 students by 2028,” says Maria DiPetta, Katy ISD Manager of Media Relations & Multimedia/Spokesperson. “Despite this growth, Katy ISD remains a leader in educational excellence.”

Fall 2023 will mark the opening two new elementary schools in the District. Elementary 45 will be located at 25600 Longenbaugh Road while Elementary 46 will be located at 25615 Clay Road, both in the northwest quadrant of Katy ISD.

Katy schools are named after namesakes who have made an impact within Katy ISD as educators and leaders. At last night’s Board of Trustees meeting the namesakes for elementary schools 45 and 46.

David and Terri Youngblood were recommended as the namesakes for Elementary 45 and Russell and Cindie Faldyn for Elementary 46.

The Youngblood’s have been dedicated to the field of education for decades and have demonstrated a passion for students, staff and the community of Katy ISD through a collective 77 years of service.

Russell and Cindie Faldyn are the recommended namesakes for Elementary 46. Photo credit: Katy ISD

The Faldyn’s have been a fixture in the Katy ISD school community for as long as most can remember. They have contributed a combined 66 years of service to support public education.

Both couples are still actively involved in the school district and across campuses.

Public Forums Scheduled

As done before officially naming a Katy ISD campus, a public forum to provide input regarding the proposed names will be held on December 14, 2022. Public comment for Elementary 45 will begin at 5:00 p.m. and public comment for Elementary 46 will begin at 6:00 p.m.

Individuals who wish to speak during the Public Forum may sign up in person at 4:45 p.m. for Elementary 45 and 5:45 p.m. for Elementary 46. No signups will be allowed once the forum begins.

The Public Forums will be held at the Katy ISD Education Support Complex Board Room (6301 S. Stadium Lane.)

It is anticipated that the Board of Trustees will make a final decision on both school’s names at the January 23 board meeting.

New Junior High and High School Being Built

Also, under construction is Junior High 18 and High School 10. The junior high going at 25747 Longenbaugh Road and the high school to be at 7800 Katy Hockley Road, so both will be by Elementary 45.

High School 10 will welcome students in 2024 with the junior high following in 2025.

“Our outstanding academic record, dedicated educators and staff members, as well as our commitment to providing unparalleled learning experiences continues to attract families from across the nation, and even around the world," says DiPetta.


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