KATY, Texas (Covering Katy News) – The Katy School board has yet to place a growth-bond on the November ballot but there is already a political action committee that has formed to pass the measure. The group All 4 Katy went public with its formation in a press release dated August 7, 2017.
The $609 million bond proposal, if approved by the school board and placed on the November ballot, would include funds for new schools, improvements at existing facilities, enhanced student technology, and safety and security upgrades.
“All 4 Katy is pleased to announce its launch as a specific purpose political action committee (“PAC”) supporting the growth of the Katy Independent School District and the financing of the construction of six new schools.
The bond proposal calls for building one high school, two junior high schools and three elementary Schools.
According to their press release, the co-treasurers, Joseph S. Alessi and Gerald F. Kroll founded All 4 Katy after both served on the Katy ISD Bond Advisory Committee.
“Katy Independent School District is one of the fastest growing school districts in the State of Texas, and in order to provide sufficient classroom space for all the new students being enrolled in the district, the PAC is advocating for the passage of the proposed Bond Referendum,” the statement also said.
Just as opponents of the previous bond concentrated on the cost of the stadium as the basis for their opposition, the same appears to be the case this time around. Some opponents say they will focus on the cost of the proposed high school as the reason to oppose the bond.
The District projects that the growth in student population is in the vicinity of 2,800 students annually and as of last count 2,700 new students are enrolled in KISD schools for the 2017 school year.
KISD statistics currently show that within the southwest quadrant of KISD, 15 of the 18 schools have more students than they are designed to have.
“A high school, a junior high, and an elementary school are targeted to be built in the Southwest quadrant of the district thereby alleviating the increasing overcrowding at all levels in that area,” the press release said.
The remaining three new schools, two elementary, and one junior high, are proposed for the northwest quadrant of KISD where new home construction is exploding.
The remainder of the projects financed by the Bond include renovations and additions to existing campuses in all four quadrants of Katy ISD, technology and safety improvements across the District, new buses and maintenance facilities.