The following is a letter to the editor written by Katy ISD Resident Jessica Wright
Now that the KISD School Board election is over, and we have Duke Keller and Lance Redmon serving our district, it is time to get to the business of acceptance and moving forward. I know that many people had conflicting emotions between two candidates, but the community has spoken. Now, it is time to forge ahead and let our newest leaders do what we elected them to do, lead with everyone’s support and let no evil invade our community again.
I feel like I have to give Sean Dolan two more seconds of “fame” here. He tried to tear our district and our city apart. He was deceitful and thousands of citizens were manipulated by him. You will now see that Keller and Redmon were the best choice and have your best interests at heart. We need to heal and give Dolan no more of our time. We all need to band together and fight to get our district back.
That being said, I want everyone to know about the wonders of KISD. People move here because of our district. We have the best special education, dyslexia and autism programs available. Teachers from all over the country desperately want to work for our district because of our impeccable programs and leaders. Hundreds, if not thousands, wait patiently, teaching in neighboring districts, waiting for a call that they have an interview within our district. That is certainly telling of how fantastic we are.
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Sure, we do have areas that are in need of improvement, but what district doesn’t? That is why the voters stood up and came out in droves to vote this year. We are committed to our board to make hard decisions that will affect every one of us. I want all of our teachers and parents to attend the board meetings monthly. It is an hour or so of your time that will help lead us to the very top! The next meeting is May 20, 2019, at 6:30 at the ESC. Come join us and bring a friend. Don’t be intimidated! Your principal and our superintendent, Mr. Gregorski, want you to be involved, because it ensures there is a voice for you, parents, our students and the community as a whole!
I’ll be honest when I say that I have never voted in a school board election or thought much about it. It changed this year, as you know. Someone tried to bring evil into our district, but you spoke out! Continue to do so. May 20, 2019, will be my first board meeting also. I was born in Katy and went to Katy schools, and now I teach in our great community. My child attends Taylor High School. And I couldn’t be happier, because I know that she is getting one of the most top-notch educations in the world. I’ve had former students tell me, “Ms. Wright, high school was hard, but I went into college better prepared than other students. It was easy!” This was said several times by general education students. So, just imagine how great the experience is for our special education, GT, ESL, and all of our diverse populations we serve. They must feel on top of the world when they enter college or the workplace.
With so many wonderful and goal-oriented teachers, parents, school personnel, school board members, those employed at the ESC that keep our district running like clockwork, PTA members, Watchdogs (dads in schools), KEYS mentors, our KISD Police Department, and our committees that are open to our community to join, we all owe it to every one of us to spend a little of our time getting involved. If you have questions about any of our programs or committees, don’t hesitate to contact me, and if I can’t help you, I will give you the name and contact information for the representative that can assist you.