Harvey reappraisals authorized—again—and other things you missed from Katy ISD this week, Jan. 22

The Katy ISD board of trustees recently posted a job posting online for the open superintendent position, but some board members said they did not know the posting was published.

The Katy ISD board of trustees recently posted a job posting online for the open superintendent position, but some board members said they did not know the posting was published.

The Katy ISD board of trustees approved its consent agenda in full at Monday's meeting and discussed several other topics. Read highlights from the night's deliberations:


Property reappraisals authorized for second time after complications with original resolution


As part of Monday's consent agenda, KISD trustees voted a second time to authorize reappraisals of properties damaged by Tropical Storm Harvey in Harris, Fort Bend and Waller counties. The board learned last week that its original resolution, which was voted on Sept. 29, was not agreed to by Harris and Fort Bend counties because of an added clause requiring a property owner's expressed consent before conducting the reappraisal.

KISD General Counsel Justin Graham said that under state law, appraisal districts can set the parameters by which they conduct reappraisals. Jack Barnett, spokesperson for the Harris County Appraisal District, told Community Impact Newspaper earlier this month that homeowners will have a chance to review a reappraisal before it is finalized.





Public input sought for 2018-19 school calendar


Now through Feb. 2 the district is seeking input on the upcoming instructional calendar via a survey conducted by K12Insight. Those who have not received a link to complete the survey may contact the company at [email protected]





Board gets 2018-19 budget update


KISD Chief Financial Officer Chris Smith said budget projections for fiscal year 2018-19 will be presented in July with public hearings on the budget and 2018 tax rate to follow in August. The budget will have to include opening expenses for Elementary School No. 41.

Smith said the district is currently looking at about $38.5 billion in taxable property value for the upcoming budget year, compared to $36.4 billion in the previous year, and a 2.9 percent enrollment growth for the 2018-19 school year.





Polling places announced for May 5 elections


The following schools were announced as early voting polling places for the May 5 board elections. Early voting runs April 23 to May 1:

  • Leonard Merrell Center

  • Seven Lakes High School

  • James E. Taylor High School

  • Cinco Ranch High School

  • Morton Ranch High School


Trustees Bryan Michalsky and Charles Griffin's seats are up for reelection this spring, and so far Don Massey, chief operating officer for Rothchild Commercial Real Estate, is the only candidate filed with the district. The deadline to file is Feb. 16.





Principal for new elementary school chosen


Schmalz Elementary School Principal Jaime Shipley will transfer to the new ES No. 41 in her same role when the building opens later this year. ES No. 41 will open in the Cross Creek Ranch master-planned community.




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