Proposed Katy ISD bond would fund 5 new campuses, facility renovations

Monday, January 18, 2021

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By: Morgan Theophil - Community Impact

Deliberations have begun about a bond proposed by Katy ISD that is designed to address the rapid student growth occurring in the district.

About 110 community bond advisory committee members met Jan. 13 for the first of three meetings to review the district’s campus and facility capital needs in consideration of a May bond referendum.

The proposed bond would provide funding for five new campuses as well as renovations to several of the district’s current facilities.

Lisa Kassman, the district’s executive director of facilities, planning and construction, told the committee the renovations and proposed new facilities are “not a wish list of items,” but are clearly needed.

Several KISD officials, including the superintendent, the director of maintenance and operations, and the chief financial officer, presented to the committee Jan. 13. Committee members also connected in groups for discussion periods and participated in question-and-answer sessions centered around the district’s enrollment projections, the need for new schools to address capacity limitations, needed renovations for aging campuses, buildings across the district and more.

The committee consists of a wide variety of members, including retired administrators and teachers, representatives from local civic and professional organizations, members of teacher groups and more.

The committee is scheduled to meet again Jan. 20 and Jan. 27. A finalized bond package will likely be recommended to the board of trustees during a special meeting Feb. 8.

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