KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
December 15, 2020
By Natalie Cook Clark
Katy ISD held their last school board meeting of the year last night. Several announcements were made including new leadership, the naming of the Agricultural Science Project Center, and more.
New Roles Announced
During the last Katy ISD Board of Trustees meeting of 2020, Superintendent Ken Gregorski
announced new leadership for some Katy ISD schools and department positions. These individuals will begin their new roles in January.
Amanda Weaver – Principal, Mayde Creek Junior High
Dr. Frederick Black – Principal, Morton Ranch Junior High
Kelley Kirila – Principal, Miller Career & Technology Center
Damon Archer – Executive Director of Fine Arts
Kevin Tabor – Deputy Chief of the Katy ISD Police Department
Agricultural Sciences Project Center Named after Loved Ag Teacher
The school board unanimously approved naming the Agricultural Sciences Project Center as the Gary A. Vos Project Center.
Gary Vos and family. Photo credit: KISD
Gary A. Vos retired from teaching in 2006 after 25 years of service to Katy ISD. He combined his love for agricultural sciences and FFA and taught agricultural science.
He started his teaching career in Katy in 1981, where he taught at both Taylor and Mayde Creek high schools before spending his remaining 20 years as an agricultural sciences teacher at Katy High School.
Vos was an instrumental part of the continued success of the FFA chapters in Katy ISD. He instilled the importance of responsibility, determination, leadership and accountability in all students that he encountered.
He spent a career building a strong foundation in agricultural sciences that contributed to making the Katy programs some of the strongest in Texas. Under his leadership, the District saw state wins among their Leadership and Career Development Events teams, as well as numerous champions in the show ring.
He and his wife, Angela, continue to support the students of the Katy ISD Agricultural Sciences Program and routinely sponsor calves in the Katy ISD Rodeo Calf Scramble.
Katy ISD Earns $1.1M through Incentive Program
The District earned over $1.1 million through a CenterPoint Energy incentive program. By taking steps to conserve energy throughout its campuses and facilities, the District earned the reward in cash as part of the SCORE (Schools Conserving Resources and Energy) program with CenterPoint Energy.
“A portion of these fund are reinvested into the energy program, while the majority goes to the general operating fund which supports students and teachers,” says Ted Vierling, Katy ISD Chief of Operations.
Katy ISD will once again be rewarded the #1 Leading Top Performer title this year, a title held for the past four years among all K-12 districts in the Region 4 area.
Katy Families Meet New Board President Via Video Message
Board of Trustees member, Ashely Vann won her recent re-election last month and now will serve as school board president. She replaces president, and long-time board member, Courtney Doyle who did not seek re-election.
Vann sent out her first video to the District parents, faculty, and staff. While she is not a new face to the Katy Board of Trustees (this is her 7th year), she reintroduced herself and thanked everyone for trusting her as their trustee to Katy ISD.
Vann outlined some of what the board has done and continues to do including assess the rapid growth to the district area.
Two new seats were filled in the recent election - Leah Wilson and Greg Schulte join Ashely Vann, Dawn Champagne, Susan Gesoff, and Lance Redmon on the board.
Lance Redmon will serve as vice president and Susan Gesoff will be secretary. To learn more about the Katy ISD Board of Trustees, visit their website.