Katy ISD voters approved all four of the district’s bond propositions which the KISD Board of Trustees approved for placement on the May 1 ballot during a special meeting held Feb. 8. Trustees …
Katy ISD voters approved all four of the district’s bond propositions which the KISD Board of Trustees approved for placement on the May 1 ballot during a special meeting held Feb. 8. Trustees put forth the $676.2 million bond package at the recommendation of the district's 110-person Community Bond Advisory Committee.
“Now, the reason that the bond committee is even considering or has considered bringing forth a bond package is because of the growth of our community, and what fuels that growth is the excellence and the tradition of our school district,” said KISD Chief Communications Officer Andrea Grooms during that meeting.
Proposition A provides $591,368,568 in funding for new schools, renovations of older campuses, safety and security upgrades and building component replacements. District representatives have said new schools are necessary to accommodate growth in the district, especially in the northwestern quadrant of KISD. Renovations at older campuses such as Winborn Elementary are also seen as important because the campuses don’t work well to facilitate modern teaching practices and have become cramped as the district has grown over the years.
Proposition B is set to help district staff update classroom and campus technology by providing nearly $60 million in funding. This includes replacing outdated devices and setting up classrooms for digital learning.
Proposition C provides about $14 million for a natatorium for the district’s upcoming tenth high school, while Proposition D will provide about $11.3 million for repairs and component replacements for the district’s athletic facilities. To read more about Propositions C and D, click here.
KISD CFO Chris Smith has repeatedly said that he does not expect the passage of the bonds to increase the district’s debt service tax rate of $0.39000 per $100 valuation.
“Thank you to our parents, staff and community for your long-standing support of Katy ISD students and families,” said KISD Superintendent Ken Gregorski. “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.”