KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
January 7, 2022
By Natalie Cook Clark
The education industry (like many industries) reports a staffing shortage both nationally and locally. Katy ISD returned to school this week and Superintendent Dr. Ken Gregorski addressed staffing shortages as the District continues to meet high standards in educating its over 89,000 students. Katy ISD is actively hiring hundreds of positions as well as substitute teachers to address these challenges.
Katy ISD is seeking to hire over 100 elementary teachers among other positions.
Katy ISD Makes Changes Due to COVID Surge, Staff Shortages
Katy ISD announced changes this week as the District welcomed staff and students back after holiday break. The District opened the 2022 year with all campuses operating at Stage 3: Modified Operations to address an increase in reported COVID cases.
“Our first week back from the holiday break has presented certain challenges that include staffing shortages, and an uptick in COVID-19 cases,” says Katy ISD superintendent Dr. Ken Gregorski.
“Katy ISD’s Operations Division, which consists of bus drivers, food service employees, custodians, skilled trades, and other essential staff, has been particularly hard hit by staffing shortages, with over 200 absences due to illness and another 250 vacancies,” says Dr. Gregorski.
To meet this challenge, the District has made adjustments to bus service, menu options, and campus maintenance schedules.
“From educating our students, keeping our campuses clean and safe, and providing transportation to and from school, these men and women are essential to the success of our school district,” said Brian Schuss, Chief Human Resources Officer.
Dr. Gregorski also shared that the District is experiencing a shortage of teachers. “We continue to mitigate this matter to ensure the quality of instruction for our students remains uncompromised,” says Dr. Gregorski.
Katy ISD is Actively Hiring Staff, Substitutes
The District is actively hiring:
102 Elementary Teachers
94 Secondary Teachers
105 Maintenance and Operations (custodians and repair teams)
40 Bus Drivers
10 Bus Attendants
125 Nutrition and Food Service Workers
See more information and apply online.
“Katy ISD offers competitive compensation and benefits packages to those interested in joining our team,” says Schuss.
Katy ISD is also seeking substitute teachers. These positions offer competitive daily rates.
Paraprofessional (Aid, General Office Personnel)- $90 daily rate
Teacher-Librarian with 60+ College Hours- $90 daily rate
Teacher-Librarian with Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctorates Degrees- $100 daily rate
Teacher-Librarian with Teacher Certification- $105 daily rate
Long term rates can be as high as $180 for those with teacher certificates.
Those interested in becoming a substitute in Katy ISD can apply online.
Job Fair Set For March
The District's annual Certified Teacher Job Fair will be held on Saturday, March 26, 2022. Elementary campus leadership will meet interested candidates between 8:30-11:30 a.m., and secondary personnel between 1-4 p.m. at the Leonard Merrell Center located at 6301 S. Stadium Lane, Katy, TX 77494.
“I understand this is a difficult time, though I truly believe that the way we get through these challenges is by working together, and demonstrating patience, grace and understanding,” says Dr. Gregorski. “I appreciate the work and collaboration of our Katy ISD teams and families, and look forward to a successful spring semester together.”