Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Why is a schools bond needed right now?
A schools bond is needed to address rapid enrollment growth, new campuses, district wide renovations for older campuses, and to ensure parity and equity to resources and facilities across our schools.
Since 2014, 7,500+ students have enrolled in Katy ISD schools, while it is anticipated that another 2,000 will enroll by the end of this school year. It is projected that Katy ISD will reach 80,000 students by the end of the 2017-18 school year.
High School #9
What building features do all standard Katy ISD high schools include?
Standard building features in all Katy ISD high schools include:
9th grade center
Performing Arts Center (PAC) with seating for 900
Three (3) main gyms – competition, auxiliary, 9th grade
Natatorium - 25 meter pool with eight (8) lanes
How does the cost of high school #9 compare to one of our most recently constructed facilities, Paetow High School?
Size||635,303 sq. ft.||649,303 sq. ft.|
2017 Cost |
(this figure accounts for inflation and partially includes furniture, fixtures & equipment)
(this figure includes additional square footage and ALL furniture, fixtures & equipment)
What was the deciding factor to make the High School #9 natatorium a larger facility for competitions?
The District’s largest natatorium facility is at Katy High School with a seating capacity of 732. The breakdown is 312 spectator seating, 140 lower seating for teams, 280 deck space for teams. Demand for seating has far surpassed this capacity. As we add high schools, we also add teams. A typical swim team has between 25-40 swimmers. With those swimmers, we have family members who come to watch the event. This facility will have a larger seating capacity of 1,200 consisting of 800 spectator seats and 400 seats for teams.
What is the cost difference to build a stand-alone competition natatorium (without the high school)?
Creating a stand-alone natatorium would require a far greater expense up front in addition to long-term staffing requirements and upkeep. It is estimated to cost approximately $20+ million to build a stand-alone competition natatorium versus simply expanding the seating capacity ($4 million).
Were other locations considered for a stand-alone competition natatorium?
Because each Katy ISD high school has a natatorium, the District did not consider a stand-alone facility. With the expanded seating capacity in the High School #9 natatorium, it will serve as a district-wide competition facility.
Are there competition facilities for various sports located at other high schools in the district?
Yes. The District currently has expanded seating capacities at two locations for baseball (Katy High School) and softball (Tompkins High School). In addition, Paetow High School was built as the District's track facility with expanded field event facilities such as additional long jump and pole vault run ways, and seating for teams and patrons.
Will the natatorium at High School #9 be used for all competitions in the District?
Each campus hosts dual swim meets during the school year. The District Swim Meet and other large invitational meets will be hosted at High School #9.
If the district did not build any new high schools, what would happen to enrollment at the existing 8 high schools? How would attendance boundaries be impacted?
Functional capacity at our high school campuses is 2,700.
If High School #9 does not open in 2020, the projected enrollment at the existing 8 high schools would be as follows:
|Cinco Ranch High School||2,806|
|Katy High School||3,513|
|Mayde Creek High School||2,864|
|Morton Ranch High School||2,664|
|Paetow High School||2,441 (and 3,622 in 2022)|
|Seven Lakes High School||3,643|
|Taylor High School||2,632|
|Tompkins High School||4,130|
All 8 high schools would be near or exceed functional capacity in 2020 if High School #9 is not constructed. Katy, Tompkins, and Seven Lakes high schools would grossly exceed capacity that year. In the event that High School #9 does not open in 2020, there would be a need for district-wide rezoning of every high school campus. The district-wide rezone would balance numbers across high school campuses, but all 8 high schools would exceed maximum capacity.
It is anticipated that high school #9 would relieve campus overcrowding at Tompkins and Seven Lakes high schools.
Equalizing Enrollment Across High Schools
If enrollment was equalized across all 8 high schools and no future high school campuses were built, how would programs and other schedules be impacted
There would be multiple impacts to students attending overcrowded schools and classrooms. For instance:
We would first have to rezone the entire district. The district is only 65% built out. Rezoning the district now would only result in another district wide rezoning 3-4 years from now. This would be followed by an additional district wide rezoning 3-4 years after that. Rezoning our high schools now or in 2020, would put all of those campuses above maximum design capacity.
If high school enrollment was rezoned district wide, every high school would be at approximately 3,100 students or more — 400 students over functional capacity;
Class loads would be larger, resulting in higher student to teacher ratios;
Additional portable classroom buildings would need to be added at multiple campuses;
More lunch periods extending from 10 a.m. to after 1 p.m. would be added to the high school schedule;
Severe overcrowding of hallways, restroom facilities, and common areas;
Added traffic in student pick-up and drop-off lines, as well as student parking issues;
Reduced availability for participation in sports and other extra-curricular activities;
Teachers floating between classrooms as opposed to having their own;
Added wear and tear on physical campus components;
Limited access to technology for students; and
Additional transportation costs because of larger high school zones.
Is rezoning the district now the answer to growth and overcrowding?
No, rezoning the district now would not eliminate the existing and future growth, nor the overcrowding many of our schools are experiencing. The district is only 65% built out. Rezoning the district now would only result in another district wide rezoning 3-4 years from now. This would be followed by an additional district wide rezoning 3-4 years after that. Demographers project Katy ISD will reach a 100,000 student enrollment in the next 8-10 years. The majority of future growth and development will occur in the furthest southwest quadrant of the district and the furthest northwest quadrant of the district. We do not believe it is in the best interest of our students and families to move district wide attendance boundaries every 3-4 years. It takes away from our neighborhood schools concept and would result in a majority of our schools exceeding maximum design capacity.
High School Capacity
What are the design and functional capacities for each Katy ISD high school?
Design - 3,000; Functional - approx. 2,700
What is the square footage for each high school?
| Cinco Ranch ||552,014|
| Katy|| 584,592|
Growth and Capacity
What is design capacity?
Design capacity is the maximum number of students that would be able to occupy all regular classrooms and common areas (i.e. library, cafeteria, gyms, computer labs, field house, etc.) simultaneously on a campus. High school maximum design capacity is 3,000 students. Design capacity for an elementary school is 1,030; junior high is 1,400; high school is 3,000.
What is functional capacity?
Functional capacity is based on actual classroom and common area utilization. For example, a classroom designed for 25 students that is repurposed for a special education classroom may only hold a class of 15 students due to the materials and/or equipment used in that classroom. This scenario applies to libraries, cafeterias, gyms, computer labs, and fieldhouses as well. Currently, design capacity is used in standard reports, but does not reflect the functional use of a building. Functional capacity is 10% less than design capacity which allows for the best functional use of a campus while ensuring a positive learning environment, as this is what is best for students.
What is the methodology for determining functional capacity?
Our equation is: "3,000 students – 10% = 2,700 students." This is functional capacity.