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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Portrait of Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey ​​​​​​​

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Serving as Superintendent for the Katy Independent School District since 2007, Alton Frailey is responsible for the daily operations of Katy ISD’s 61 campuses, over 73,000 students, more than 8,500 employees and the District’s overall success. During his tenure, Katy ISD has grown from a Texas Education Agency (TEA) “Academically Acceptable” district in 2006-07 to “Recognized” the following year. Katy ISD maintained that latter rating until the TEA introduced a new accountability system in 2013. Under that new system, the District earned the agency’s highest rating of “Met Standard.” This has been accomplished while adding 12 new schools and over 22,000 new students.

In 2013, Frailey envisioned and led the design work on the Robert R. Shaw Center for S.T.E.A.M. He also led the District in successful bond referendums in 2010 and 2014. The most recent referendum in 2014, will add six new campuses, provide six major campus renovations, technology upgrades and safety and security measures to address the growth throughout Katy ISD over the next three years. Moreover, Frailey has implemented a number of initiatives to better connect the District to students, staff and the community. Among these programs include the Superintendent’s Roundtables, once a month meetings that serve as an opportunity for open dialogue between parents, staff, students and the community. He also started "Leadership Luncheons" where he meets throughout the year with civic leaders including the City of Katy Mayor, the President and CEO of both the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce and the Katy Area Economic Development Council. Frailey established the Katy ISD Education Foundation which enables teachers to create extraordinary classroom experiences for their students through grant awards.

Frailey also spearheaded a new model to address attendance boundary modifications by engaging all stakeholders in the decision-making process. This proactive and facilitated approach to rezoning received the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) 2010 Pinnacle Award, the organization's highest honor. Most recently, Frailey was appointed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott to the Stephen F. Austin State University Board of Regents. He is also serving as President-elect for the American Association of School Administrators. His term as President of that organization begins July 2016.

Prior to joining Katy ISD, Frailey served as the superintendent of DeSoto ISD, a suburban district in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, from 2005-2007. Though all of Frailey’s roots point back to Texas, he also served as Superintendent of Cincinnati Public Schools in Ohio from 2002-2005. Before this, Frailey served in a number of roles with increasing responsibility in Spring Branch ISD, including: assistant superintendent in 2002, area superintendent from 1999-2002 and executive director of governmental operations from 1997-1999. Frailey’s career started in 1983 as a teacher in Goose Creek ISD, where he eventually became an assistant principal, prior to joining Spring Branch ISD.​​

Individual Honors & Recognition

  • 2015 - Katy Magazine People of the Year

  • 2015 - Appointed by Governor Abbott to the Stephen F. Austin State University Board of Regents 

  • 2012 - Texas Music Educators Association Distinguished Administrator

  • 2010 - Region 4 Superintendent of the Year

  • 2006 - Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals; Trailblazer Award, South Dallas Business & Professional Women’s Club, Inc.

  • 2004 - First Recipient of the Center for Children & Families Most Valuable Partner Award

  • 2003 - The Irvin Westheimer Medallion Award, Big Brothers/Big Sisters; Recognized as “Most Influential” in Who’s Who in Black Cincinnati

  • 2002 - Invited Participant, 4th Annual Schools of Quality Conference (Maui)

  • 2001 - Houston Representative, International Educators to Japan

  • 1993 - Featured in PBS documentary, “Keepers of the Dream”; Life Membership, Texas Congress of Parents and Teachers

  • 1987 - Outstanding Young Men of America

Professional Associations

  • President-Elect, American Association of School Administrators

  • President, Texas Association of School Administrators

  • Executive Committee, American Association of School Administrators

  • Treasurer, Texas School Alliance

  • President, Texas Association of Suburban/Mid Urban Schools

  • Board of Directors, Texas Association of Suburban/Mid Urban Schools

  • President, Urban Superintendents Association of America

  • Secretary - Treasurer, Urban Superintendents Association of America

  • Chair, University Interscholastic League

  • Legislative Policy Council, University Interscholastic League

  • Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development - ASCD

  • Fast Growth School Coalition

Executive Leadership

The central office in any successful school district manages district operations and resources to ensure establishment of appropriate learning environments and support systems for all schools and students. Within a collaborative, organizational culture, central office staff maintain a service-oriented focus while also setting direction based on identified needs and then guiding that work.

Key functions of the Central Office include:

  • Leading for positive results for each student by developing effective leadership at all levels of the organization.

  • Focusing on instruction so that the highest standards for instruction and learning are firmly in place in the district. 

  • Recruiting, developing, and retaining staff to build upon their levels of skills and talents.

  • Using data for accountability and continuous improvement in learning and within all district operations.

  • Building partnerships and community investment to serve students within the district and also for opportunities outside of the district.

  • Aligning district infrastructure to support the strategic vision, using technology to enable central office and campus staff to do their jobs more efficiently and effectively.


TEA Met Standard - District & Campuses
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