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District Eyes $28 million in Savings, Anticipates NO Tax Rate Increase with 2014 Bond, Under Current AssumptionsDistrict Eyes $28 million in Savings, Anticipates NO Tax Rate Increase with 2014 Bond, Under Current Assumptions2014-10-22T19:00:24Z<div class="ExternalClass57276A14C7564693B4028B577A2CD65C"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">During last night's Board Work Study Meeting, Katy ISD's Chief Financial Officer Christopher J. Smith reported $28 million in savings resulting from refinancing past bonds and anticipates</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> a zero</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> tax rate increase with the approval of the November 2014 bond referendum, under current assumptions. By taking advantage of opportunities to refund bonds and refinance, the District has demonstrated excellen</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">t financial management and saved millions </span><span style="line-height:1.5;">over the years</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">.</span></p><p>Even more so, the District has been able to maintain the same school tax rate for the last eight years. Katy ISD's exemplary efforts in providing superior financial transparency were recently recognized by the Texas Comptroller's Office with the new <strong>Platinum Leadership Circle Award</strong>. Previously, Katy ISD earned the Gold Award, the highest level of recognition achievable at that time, for four consecutive years.</p></div>
Rival Football Teams Partner to 'Pink Out' Rhodes Stadium for Breast Cancer AwarenessRival Football Teams Partner to 'Pink Out' Rhodes Stadium for Breast Cancer Awareness2014-10-21T16:52:42Z<div class="ExternalClass7F64904F38814F0896497DA8DF28EAC4"><p>​On Thursday, October 23, Seven Lakes and Cinco Ranch high schools are teaming up to create the largest <em>Pink Out</em> in Katy ISD history to promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All football players, band members, cheerleaders and drill teams will be sporting their special 'Pink Out' t-shirts. In addition, both schools are encouraging all students, staff and community members to show their support for breast cancer awareness and prevention by wearing pink and purchasing their limited edition 'Pink Out' t-shirts, available for sell at the game for $5. </p><p><span data-mce-style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: x-small;">All proceeds from shirt sales will go to The Rose, a local organization that assists women and families with early detection, treatment and support. More information on The Rose can be found at <span data-mce-style="color: #0000ff;" style="text-decoration:underline;"><a href="http://www.the-rose.org/" target="_blank" data-mce-href="http://www.the-rose.org/"><span data-mce-style="color: #0000ff;">www.the-rose.org</span></a></span>. </span></p></div>
Parent Advisory Groups Provide Feedback on Possible Alternatives to 2014 BondParent Advisory Groups Provide Feedback on Possible Alternatives to 2014 Bond2014-10-21T01:44:43Z<div class="ExternalClass1FEDEEC9BA404CF18F960C72F038D7CE"><p><em>Options include additional portables, class size increases and evaluation of non-mandatory programs, among other items</em>​​</p><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Tonight the Katy ISD Board of Trustees heard feedback directly from the District's Advisory Committees on the potential options for managing growth, should the November 2014 bond fail.           </span></p><p>At the request of more than a hundred parents, staff and community members in four Advisory Committees, District officials researched neighboring school districts facing similar growth and presented a summary of options that could potentially be implemented in Katy to provide temporary relief to overcrowded campuses.  </p><p>"I appreciate the District giving us the opportunity to voice our opinions," said Parent Roundtable and Katy Improvement Council representative Laura Freeman.  "We understand these options are not the solution to our overcrowding problem, but it will hold us over until a bond passes."         </p><p>The alternatives discussed for managing current and future growth included additional portable classrooms, attendance boundary modifications, class size increases and program evaluation of non-mandatory programs, among others.  </p><p>Given that a May 2015 bond would not address immediate growth, the District would need to consider implementing several alternatives to accommodate approximately 6,000 new students over the next two years, if the bond is not approved by voters next month.  </p><p>"A bond next spring would push construction back at least one year, and then our immediate needs would be doubled," Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey said.  "Bond or no bond, we still have to provide for student growth and programs we wish to keep."</p><p>The $748 million bond referendum, if approved, will provide six new campuses and renovations for nearly 50 District facilities, adding approximately 9,000 new classroom seats throughout Katy.  </p><p>To learn more about the bond, visit <a href="/sites/bonds" style="text-decoration:underline;">www.katyisd.org/sites/bonds</a>.  To view the District's proposed alternatives to the 2014 bond, click <a href="/Documents/Bond-%20A%20Consideration%20of%20the%20Alternatives-%2010.20.14.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;">here</a>. </p></div>
Katy ISD Focuses on School Bus Safety Oct. 20-24Katy ISD Focuses on School Bus Safety Oct. 20-242014-10-16T20:54:28Z<div class="ExternalClass0E66DF17F0374834934A7130799B0DF9"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> we</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">ek of Oct. 20-</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">24 is </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">National School Bus Safety Week</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">, a time fo</span><span style="line-height:1.5;">r Katy ISD and the community to join forces to address the importance of school bus safety.</span></p><p>"Each year, the Katy ISD school bus fleet travels more than 4 million miles, transporting more than 23,000 students each morning and afternoon," said Alan Anders, Director of Transportation for Katy ISD. "With school buses being such a common sight around Katy, we want to make sure that everyone, students and community members alike, is safe in and around school buses."</p><p>The 2014 national theme, "At My Stop, You Stop!" focuses on the importance of safety when boarding and exiting the bus. Additionally, Katy ISD has posted a list of key <a href="/dept/communications/Documents/School%20Bus%20Safety%20Tips%20Flyer%20092911.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>safety tips</strong></a> on the website. </p></div>
Katy ISD Hosts UIL Region 23 Marching ContestKaty ISD Hosts UIL Region 23 Marching Contest2014-10-16T18:09:07Z<div class="ExternalClass881E65F7FA30439B82366439853436BA"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">UIL Region 23 Marching Contest</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> will be held at Rhodes Stadium on Tuesday, October 21, beginning at 3 p.m. The Contest features marching bands from three different school districts: Houston ISD, Alief ISD and Katy ISD.</span></p><p>Katy ISD bands will be performing at the following times:</p><ul><li><strong>Tompkins High School</strong> – 4 p.m.</li><li><strong>Morton Ranch High School</strong> – 4:30 p.m.</li><li><strong>Taylor High School</strong> – 4:45 p.m.</li><li><strong>Seven Lakes High School</strong> – 5:30 p.m.</li><li><strong>Mayde Creek High School</strong> – 6:45 p.m.</li><li><strong>Katy High School</strong> – 7:30 p.m.</li><li><strong>Cinco Ranch High</strong> <strong>School</strong> – 7:45 p.m.</li></ul><p><a href="/Documents/Marching%20Contest%202014.pdf" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> for the full list of performances. There is a small admission fee of $3.00. </p></div>
Katy ISD Varsity Choir ShowcaseKaty ISD Varsity Choir Showcase2014-10-14T21:01:35Z<div class="ExternalClassC521629A2864436AB06235B5FD45A976"><p>​The Katy ISD Fine Arts Department presents the second annual <strong>Varsity Choir Showcase</strong> on Monday, October 20, starting at 7:30 p.m. The showcase will be held at the Leonard Merrell Center, and feature performances from all seven Katy ISD high school choirs. There will also be a combined performance at the end of the show, featuring more than 340 voices. </p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Choir%20Showcase%20Flyer%202014_Page_1.jpg" alt="Choir Showcase Flyer 2014_Page_1.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:366px;" /><br></p><p><br></p></div>
District Participates in National Food DayDistrict Participates in National Food Day2014-10-14T16:12:26Z<div class="ExternalClass43FFBB7349754527B2262FC1C36C7C1E"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The Katy ISD Nutrition and Food Service Department is collaborating with Physical Education, Elementary and Secondary Curriculum, and Career and Technical Education to celebrate National Food Day on Friday, October 24. This is national day of celebration for healthy, affordable and sustainable food. </span></p><p>At the elementary level, schools were sent daily announcements regarding healthy eating and fun facts which can be used during the week, and teachers will integrate activities and resources into their lessons. In conjunction with National School Lunch Week, each campus will also hold coloring and writing contests. Entries will be displayed in the cafeterias and the winners at each campus will be announced October 24. ​</p><p>Campuses are also participating in activities at the secondary level including creating posters, and researching and developing presentations on various food items. Additionally, there will be a table in the dining room of each high school's main campus displaying posters, giving out fruit and vegetable samplings, and providing information about careers in the produce, farm and food production fields.  </p></div>
Katy ISD Hosts Fine Arts College Night Katy ISD Hosts Fine Arts College Night 2014-10-14T15:33:00Z<div class="ExternalClass6F70C8DE73B444A09CF3061EE1303BB8"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD will host <strong style="text-decoration:underline;"><a href="/Documents/FineArts_8%205x11FLYER.2.pdf">"The Importance of Fine Arts in College Readiness and Admissions"</a></strong> on<strong> October 29</strong> in the Seven Lakes High School Performing Arts Center. Students and parents are invited to attend the informational session beginning at 7 p.m., featuring directors of admissions from Rice University, University of Houston and the University of Texas at Austin.</span></p><p>This session will take place as a panel discussion and will provide information on student preparation for college readiness, the process of university admissions, and successful student transition from high school to college. </p><p><strong>Meet the panelists:</strong></p><p><strong>Tamara L. Siler</strong> is Senior Associate Director of Admission and Coordinator of Minority Recruitment at Rice University. This is Tamara's 23rd year in the Office of Admission at Rice. In addition to coordinating Rice's minority recruitment efforts, she directs the transfer admission process and administers several scholarships and programs, including the Barbara Jordan Scholars program and QuestBridge. She graduated from Rice University with a B.A. in History. A native Houstonian, she grew up in the Fifth Ward and graduated from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Siler is a past president of the Texas Association for College Admission Counseling (TACAC), an affiliate of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), and currently serves on the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (ICUT) E-Committee.  She has served on the advisory board for the Linda Lorelle Scholars Foundation, on the Program Planning Committee for the College Board National Forum and the selection committee for the Coca Cola Scholars. She has appeared in more than 70 productions with professional and community theatre companies throughout the Houston area.</p><p><strong>Karoline Liu</strong> is the Director of Recruitment and Admissions for the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. Liu holds a BFA in Theatre and a Master's in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University. She began her work with high school and transfer students as a student ambassador for SMU's Meadows School of the Arts. She has invested her professional career in advocating for young artists and encouraging their pursuit of a degree in the fine arts. She feels grateful for the opportunity to speak often at high schools and college access events to educate students and parents on applying to fine arts programs and career pathways in the arts. She and her husband live in Austin, Texas, where they enjoy live music, breakfast tacos and an eclectic community of good friends. </p><p><strong>Tiffany Anderson</strong> is the Assistant Director for Freshman Admissions for the University of Houston. Tiffany is a native Houstonian and attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.  She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where she majored in Sociology with a double minor in African-American Studies and Philosophy.  During her time at UT, Ms. Anderson served as UT Ambassador, Orientation Advisor, Resident Advisor and a Peer Advisor in the College of Liberal Arts Dean's Office.  She has been part of the Admissions Office at the University of Houston for more than four years and currently serves as the Admissions Manager. Anderson is also the co-chair of the Houston National College Fair, an annual event that attracts approximately 300 colleges and universities and more than 5,000 Houston-area students and parents.</p></div>

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