Katy ISD $676.23M bond package passes; Rebecca Fox, Dawn Champagne win races for board of trustees

Monday, May 03, 2021

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By: Morgan Theophil - Community Impact

All four propositions making up Katy ISD's $676.23 million bond package received support from voters in the May 1 election, according to the unofficial final results.

The bond package will fund more than 400 projects across the district, including the construction of five new schools, major renovations for aging campuses, safety improvements and technology upgrades for schools.

According to the unofficial final results, 6,142 residents, or 71.76% of voters, cast their ballots in favor of Proposition A, while 2,417 residents, or 28.24% of voters, voted against it. The proposition makes up the majority of the bond package cost at about $591.37 million. The funds will pay for new schools, the purchase of school sites, renovations and expansions for aging campuses such as Katy Elementary School, and safety and security updates.

Similarly, the unofficial final results show 6,187 residents, or 72.74% of voters cast their ballots in favor of Proposition B, which has a price tag of $59.76 million and is focused on classroom and campus technology, while 2,319 residents, or 27.26% of voters voted against it.

A total of 5,423 residents, or 63.72% of voters, cast their ballots in favor of Proposition C, which has a cost of $13.84 million, and will fund a natatorium for the new high school slated to be built as part of Proposition A. A total of 3,088 residents, or 36.28% of voters, voted against this proposition.

Finally, 5,433 residents, or 63.81% of voters, cast their ballots in favor of Proposition D, which has a price tag of about $11.26 million, and 3,081 residents, or 36.19% of voters voted against it. The funds will pay for campus and district athletic facility and stadium repairs.

“Thank you to our parents, staff and community for your long-standing support of Katy ISD students and families,” said Superintendent Ken Gregorski in a news release the night of the election. “With the passage of the four 2021 bond propositions the district and campuses are well positioned to continue effectively managing our region’s fast growth, updating safety measures and providing building and technology improvements across more than 88 campuses and facilities.”

Additionally, newcomer Rebecca Fox won the crowded race for the Katy ISD board of trustees Position 6, according to the unofficial final results. Fox garnered 36.04% of the total vote, or 3,002 votes.

Incumbent board member Susan Gesoff received 33.06% of the votes, or 2,754 votes.

Candidate Bonnie Anderson received 19.18% of the votes, or 1,598 votes.

Candidate Garima DasGupta received 8.79% of the votes, or 732 votes.

Joe Wojcik received 1.97% of the votes, or 164 votes.

William X. Branch II received 0.96% of the votes, or 80 votes.

Additionally, incumbent Dawn Champagne won her reelection bid for Position 7 on the Katy ISD board of trustees. Champagne received 73.04% of the total votes, or 5,766 votes.

Her challenger, Walter Butler, garnered 26.96% of the votes, or 2,128 votes.

All results are unofficial until canvassed. Visit communityimpact.com/voter-guide/election-results to see results from all local elections in your community.

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