Katy ISD meeting, food trucks in Cinco Ranch: 4 things Katy area residents should know this week, Jan. 15-19

Fort Bend ISD pays $4.53 per bus rider, according to an internal audit of its student transportation department.

Fort Bend ISD pays $4.53 per bus rider, according to an internal audit of its student transportation department.

School board trustees and city council meet this week, while art classes and a food truck celebration are open to the public. See what events are happening around the Katy area this week.









1. Katy ISD re-examing start times, bus routes


At its Monday meeting, the Katy ISD board of trustees is expected to discuss school start times as they relate to meeting student transportation demands. As district enrollment grows, KISD is facing a bus route crunch.

"Because we're growing so fast, we don't have enough drivers," spokesperson Maria DiPetta said.

The district is struggling to hire and retain bus drivers, she said. As a result, administrators plan to survey the community  on possible solutions.

Trustee Rebecca Fox said KISD would likely have to either change its bus travel radius or move to three start times to accommodate students. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at the Miller Career and Technology Center, Room 601, 1734 Katyland Drive, Katy.

This comes nearly one week after Houston ISD—which previously used 67 different start times districtwide—announced it would standardize its school days to 7:30 a.m.-2:50 p.m. for grades K-8 and 8:30 a.m.-3:50 p.m. for secondary campuses.





2. Katy City Council holds rescheduled meeting


This meeting was rescheduled from last week due to council's inability to form a quorum. Agenda items include a resolution to designate the First Street Project, a Katy Development Authority endeavor, and the authorization of $4.19 million in tax bonds by Fort Bend-Waller counties Municipal Utility District No. 3.

6:30 p.m. 901 Avenue C, Katy. www.cityofkaty.com












3. Take a Multiplicity art class


The Katy art shop offers a weekly drop-in painting class for guests ages 7 and older. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 1306 Avenue A, Katy. 832-437-2442. www.multiplicity.co












4. Food Truck Friday in Cinco Ranch


Ten trucks are planned for this public event at the Cinco Ranch Lake House, 25202 Springwood Lake Drive, Katy, from 5-9 p.m. Music and children's activities are planned while visitors are encouraged to use the hiking or biking trails to access the Lake House, as on-site parking will be limited.

Participating trucks include Churrasco Food Truck & CateringThe Sauer KrautThe Grove Do-Nutz & DeliCraft Burger Food TruckThe Cuban SpotOffBeat Eatz Food TruckKreole SoulSheCupcakes Bake ShoppeThe DoughCone and GumboXpress, according to Newland Communities' event description.




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