KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
December 14, 2021
By Natalie Cook Clark
The recommended namesake for Katy ISD’s newest elementary was revealed at last night’s Board of Trustee meeting. The committee suggests that the 44th elementary currently being built in Cane Island be named after Steve and Elaine Robertson.
Dr. Steve and Mrs. Elaine Robertson. Photo credit: KISD
Committee Recommends Namesake for Latest Katy School
At the last scheduled Katy ISD Board of Trustees meeting of 2021, the Naming Advisory Committee shared their recommendation for the namesake behind the proposed elementary school name for the 44th District elementary school.
64 Years of Education Service
The committee recommend that the newest school be named Robertson Elementary after Dr. Steve and Mrs. Elaine Robertson, who have a combined 64 years of dedicated service on education.
Dr. Steve Robertson started his education career as an elementary teacher in Spring Branch ISD in 1985. His passion for education and leadership saw him in roles in Conroe ISD and eventually led him to Katy ISD. In Katy he served as an elementary, junior high and high school principal and then as an assistant superintendent for secondary school leadership and support.
Mrs. Elaine Robertson began her career with West 10 Cooperative in 1987 as a deaf education elementary teacher. After taking some years off to focus on her family, she returned to education in 1997 as a parent-infant advisor for Katy ISD. She assumed the leadership role of instructional officer for deaf education, vision and assistive technology in 2002. She contributed in many ways including organizing extra-curricular programs to bridge academic and social gaps between the deaf and hard of hearing and other students. She was instrumental in establishing Katy ISD’s Audiological Center.
In 2020, both educators retired from Katy ISD.
School Namesakes are a Katy Tradition
Katy ISD is unique in the dedication it puts into naming schools after strong namesakes that inspire and often time involve themselves with the campus. Both Haskett Junior High, McElwain Elementary, and Jordan High School have all shared how they developed mission statements based on the values of their namesakes.
On January 5 there will be a public forum to discuss the proposed name. The next scheduled Board of Trustees meeting is set for January 24, and it is anticipated that they will take action on the naming of Elementary school #44 at that time.
Artist rendering of Cane Island's onsite Katy ISD elementary #44. Photo credit: Kaplan PR
Elementary Being Built in Cane Island
The new elementary is currently being built in Katy’s Cane Island community. Cane Island is just north of I-10 and continually ranks as one of the area’s top sellers for new homes. The new school will provide relief to Bryant Elementary. Cane Island students will continue to attend Katy Junior High and Katy High School. Residents will be able to walk to the new elementary school set to break ground at 7400 Innovation Drive near Cane Island Parkway.
The public forum will take place January 5, 2022 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m at the Katy ISD Education Support Complex Board Room (6301 S. Stadium Lane.)