4 new Katy ISD schools, technology for every student included in $840.6M bond proposal
1 May 2023
By: Asia Armour - Community Impact
A potential bond package totaling $840.6 million was finalized at the Katy ISD Community Bond Advisory Committee meeting April 18. The previous bond issued by the district was a $676.2 million package in 2021.
The Katy ISD Community Bond Advisory Committee met four times between March 29 and April 18.
Per a press release from the district, the package was designed to avoid a tax rate increase for property owners. Items that inform the bond’s price tag include:
- Four new schools to accommodate student growth
- Renovations at multiple aging Katy ISD schools and facilities
- A technology plan that would incorporate a 1:1 student-to-device ratio
- Safety and security improvements that exceed the state’s minimum standard
This recommendation is set to go before the school board at a May 15 meeting.
At their final meeting, CBAC members reviewed bond language and opinion poll data to hone in on messaging for the bond. (Courtesy Katy ISD)
Items must be organized into propositions, per state law requirements for bond language included on the ballot. At their final meeting, CBAC members reviewed opinion poll data to hone in on messaging for the marketing of the bond.
“It’s important that the community understand the ballot language and what each proposition stands for,” CBAC Chair Alejandro Avendano said in the press release.
Board members will have until August to call for a bond referendum for the November election.