KATY (Covering Katy) – The Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees has selected Dr. Lance Hindt as its sole finalist for the position of Superintendent. Hindt is the current Superintendent of the Allen, Texas Independent School District.
Dr. Hindt is well known in the Katy area. He worked his way through the education ranks as a teacher, principal, Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent at local school districts including Fort Bend and Stafford.
Katy school board President Rebecca Fox was impressed with Hindt’s knowledge of the Katy area.
“He came from Katy. He graduated from Katy’s Taylor High School, and he watched Katy grow over the years. So, he understands who we are and his values closely mirror those of Katy,” Fox said.
After leaving Stafford, Dr. Hindt became Superintendent of the Allen, Texas School District in 2014. The Allen district is northeast of Dallas.
Shortly after taking over, cracks were found in the concrete of the district’s 59-million dollar football stadium. Hindt held the contractors responsible, and did not have to go to court to fix the problems with the stadium.
“We were able to get the stadium repaired and we were able to do it at no cost to the taxpayers,” Hindt said.
KISD board member George Scott says the way he dealt with the Allen stadium controversy created a tremendous amount of loyalty in the Allen community.
“I think it demonstrates his ability to communicate,” Scott said.
Despite his success repairing what was the country’s most expensive high school football stadium, Fox says it played no part in his selection as the next Superintendent of the Katy School District, which is building a controversial 62-million dollar stadium.
”It’s about students. It’s not about stadiums.”
Hindt doesn’t want to get into the stadium controversy, but says he will make sure taxpayers get the stadium they voted for, and it won’t just be for football.
“There’s a whole heck of a lot more that these school districts offer than just championship football teams. They offer championship kids and that’s what’s most important,” Hindt said.
Dr. Hindt will replace Alton Frailey who retires in August after serving as Superintendent of Katy ISD since 2007.