Katy ISD announced Monday afternoon that David Paz has been appointed by Superintendent Ken Gregorski as the new principal for Bill and Cindy Haskett Junior High – formerly known as Katy Junior …
Katy ISD announced Monday afternoon that David Paz has been appointed by Superintendent Ken Gregorski as the new principal for Bill and Cindy Haskett Junior High – formerly known as Katy Junior High 17.
“Thirty-four years ago, my family moved to the Houston area and Mayde Creek Junior High was my first school, as a student, in Katy ISD,” Paz said.
Paz began his career in education in Aug. 2001 as a fourth grade teacher at Bear Creek Elementary. In 2005, he accepted a position teaching math at McDonald Junior High. In July 2007, Paz was promoted to assistant principal at McDonald and in July 2013 he returned to Mayde Creek as principal in the school he began at as a student 34 years ago.
The Haskett campus which Paz will lead is being paid for through a voter-approved 2017 bond package and is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2021, according to a KISD press release. The $609.2 million bond paid for Campbell, Leionard and McElwain elementary schools as well as Haskett and Adams junior high schools and Jordan High School. Renovations to Fielder Elementary and Katy High School assets were also included among other projects. Anticipated costs for Haskett Junior High School are about $65.6 million according to the district’s website.
The projected student body for Haskett in the 2021-22 school year is 913 students, but that number is expected to reach 1,529 students according to projections published by the district.
Paz received his Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and master’s degree in Educational Administration from the University of Houston. He also holds a doctorate in Public Administration from Texas A&M University.
“Katy ISD is more than just a school district to me, it is my family and I have treasured every memory as a student, an educator and now as a school administrator,” Paz said.