Katy ISD began the 80s with 10 schools.
During the 80s, 35-acres of land west of the Administration Building was purchased. A classroom building, museum and barn were built on the property, but the land with a pond was kept in its natural state. The pond was stocked with fish and nature trails were developed to provide learning opportunities in areas such as plant and animal identification - and the Outdoor Learning Center began. It was originally named after James E. Williams.
The Opportunity Awareness Center moved into a new facility with expanded learning programs. At the time, two programs were encompassed in the building. The Alternative School (long-term) And the Special Assignment (short-term) programs were designed to meet the needs of a broad range of students and directed efforts toward modifying disruptive behavior rather than simply isolating it.
In the mid-1980s, oil prices dropped and plummeted the Houston area into recession. And although much of the Houston metro area was deeply affected by the downturn, Katy continued to grow. In 1989, Katy Elementary school was closed to undergo a major expansion and renovation While under construction, Katy Elementary students attended classes at Hutsell Elementary.
In total, 12 more schools were built during the decade.
In 1989, the Katy ISD police department was established. The primary purpose of the licensed law enforcement professionals was to enforce the laws protecting the students, staff and property of the district. The police department was located in the large support services complex that was built on Franz Road behind Hutsell Elementary.
The support services complex included the police department, warehouse, west transportation center, nutrition and food services, maintenance and operations, technical services and the purchasing department.
In 1980, the Publications and Printing Department started as a pilot program for the district to provide services.
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Katy ISD Enrollment History
|School Year||Student Enrollment|
New Schools & Facilities
|Mayde Creek Junior High||1980|
|Williamsburg Settlement (now Winborn Elementary)||1981|
|Nottingham Country Elementary||1981|
|Opportunity Awareness Center||1981|
|Memorial Parkway Junior High||1982|
|Miller Career & Technology Center||1982|
|Mayde Creek Elementary||1983|
|Mayde Creek High School||1984|
|East Transportation Center (now Cyndy Self South Transportation Center)||1984|
|Outdoor Learning Center||1984|