KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
April 19, 2021
By Natalie Cook Clark
Early voting starts today for Katy ISD’s Special Election to pass Bond 2021 and elect two seats on the District’s Board of Trustees.
Early Voting Opens
May 1 is Election Day on the 2021 Bond and for Position 6 and 7 on the Katy ISD Board of Trustees. Early voting goes today through April 27 at the Merrell Center, Taylor High School, Cinco Ranch High School, Morton Ranch High School, and Seven Lakes High School.
Tax Rate Stays the Same
The 2021 bond package will not change the tax rate but will better equip the District to meet its projected growth. The bond will include five new schools, a transportation facility, major renovations to current campuses including security, technology upgrades, and more.
Katy ISD is the fastest growing school district in Texas. Last year, it was reported at a Board of Trustees meeting that the District was the fifth largest producer of homes out of 61 school districts in the Houston area.
Katy ISD currently has more than 84,000 students enrolled and is expected to see over 100,000 students by 2027.
The 10th high school for the District was approved in the last bond. This bond will see a 14-million-dollar natatorium added to the new high school, set to be built at the intersection of Longenbough and Katy Hockley roads.
While the current Katy tax rate will not be changed, the District’s flyer notes that the length of time the payments are made could be extended.
Crowded School Board Race
It is a heated race for Katy ISD Board of Trustee’s Position 6 with 5 people in the running. One person has already dropped out leaving it still a crowed five-person race. Bonnie Anderson, William X. Branch II, Garima DasGupta, Rebecca Fox, and Susan Gesoff are seeking election. Joseph Wojcik has dropped out.
Dawn Champagne is running against Walter Butler for Position 7.
Katy Magazine will be publishing a candidates spotlight this week.