Katy ISD names three schools opening in 2017

The Katy ISD board of trustees Monday approved names for the last three new schools being built under the 2014 bond package.

Elementary School No. 40, south of I-10 at Pederson Road and Kingsland Boulevard, was named Robert and Felice Bryant Elementary School in honor of two retired KISD educators.

Felice Bryant, who retired in 2012, spent 25 years serving KISD. She was first a kindergarten and first-grade teacher at Winborn Elementary School and then a kindergarten teacher at Katy Elementary School.

Bob Bryant, who retired in August last year, was most recently the district’s executive director of fine arts. He was previously the band director at Katy High School, working for KISD a total of just over 32 years.

Junior High No. 15, located west of the Grand Parkway and north of I-10 at 4777 Peek Road, was named Stockdick Junior High School—a recognition of the legacy of a pioneering family in the Katy area.

Members of the Stockdick family spoke to the board promoting the name and wearing “Stockdick 1895” t-shirts. They explained their history and the family’s continued role in education beginning with Adam Henry Stockdick, a teacher and farmer who came to Cane Island (later Katy) from Ohio in 1895.

High School No. 8, close to Junior High School No. 15 at 23111 Stockdick School Road, was named Patricia E. Paetow High School.

Paetow spent 28 years in KISD starting as an educational diagnostician, becoming an assistant principal at Hutsell Elementary School and later serving as principal at Wolfe Elementary School. In 2000, she became the principal at Creek Elementary School.

The board of trustees unanimously approved the names of each school during their April 25 meeting. The district accepted nominations to name the schools from April 6 until April 18. Nominations had to include biographical information about the nominee along with a list of their significant contributions and a statement as to why a school should be named after them.

For more information on the namesakes of the three new schools, see the May print edition of Community Impact Newspaper.
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