FULSHEAR (Covering Katy News) – Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees voted to name the newest junior high school after Joe M. Adams. The new school is currently being built in the southwest quadrant of the District in the Cross Creek Ranch subdivision. Adams served on the Katy ISD Board of Trustees for 27 years in every board position and continues to be actively involved in various school and community functions.
Adams served as a director on the Gulf Coast Area Association of School Boards and was also part of the Board of Directors for the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB). During his time on that Board, he earned the distinguished honor of being a graduate of Leadership TASB and was named a Master Trustee.
Adams was a Keep Encouraging Youth toward Success (KEYS) mentor and volunteer at Taylor High School where he was named Mentor of the Year in 2013. He actively participated as a Promise to Read and Junior Achievement volunteer. Adams was also a member of various PTA/PTO organizations and a Taylor High School Band Booster over the years. He also participated in various bond and attendance boundary modification committees and was a founding director of the Katy ISD Education Foundation. Adams’ dedication to these initiatives showcased and reflected his character, vision and values.
His commitment to Katy went beyond his involvement in the District as he has served as a member, deacon, and adult Sunday school director at Kingsland Baptist Church, a Katy Christian Ministries volunteer, and a member of the Katy A&M Club, Houston A&M Club, 12th Man Association and IMPACT. Adams was also a former soccer coach for local leagues.
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During his 27-year tenure at the Katy ISD Board of Trustees, Adams experienced the district’s exponential growth and was instrumental in ensuring that Katy ISD’s reputation for educational excellence continued. He brought a wealth of knowledge to his position, and along with his genuine passion for public schools, made decisions based on what was in the best interest of the District’s students and employees. His contributions impacted thousands of students and their families.
In addition to his steadfast devotion to the students of Katy ISD, his professional career consisted of 30 years in the oil and gas industry working for several serviced/drilling companies in New Orleans, Dallas, London, and Cairo, Egypt. He is also a small-business owner in Katy, TX.
Adams holds a B.B.A in Marketing from Texas A&M University. He and his wife, Donna, have two children and seven grandchildren.