Katy ISD social media threat service, Katy City Council candidate forum: 5 things to know in Katy this week, April 16-20

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The Katy ISD Board of Trustees will meet Monday for a regular work study meeting, and Cane Island will host a Katy City Council candidate forum Thursday for the upcoming May 5 election. Find out everything Katy residents should know this week, April 16-20 here:

1) Katy ISD Board of Trustees to meet Monday

The Katy ISD Board of Trustees will meet Monday for a regularly scheduled work study meeting at 6:30 p.m. Trustees will meet to discuss agenda items for the upcoming April 23 meeting that include purchasing a social media threat alerting service and approving a contract for district wide lighting upgrades. A 30-minute open forum will also be held at the end of the meeting, which is routine for work study meetings.

KISD teacher Debbie Ellis announced plans to meet before the work study meeting to organize a “support circle” in a show solidarity with Superintendent Lance Hindt after past allegations accusing him of bullying continue to plague the district. The group plans to meet at 4:30 at the district’s education support complex.

“Participants will stand shoulder to shoulder to form a circle around Dr. Hindt to show their support of his leadership,” a press release from Ellis stated. “Such circles of positivity help uplift and support individuals or groups who face situations grounded in negativity.”

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2) ICYMI: Local officials talk Harvey flood mitigation

Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers addressed the public at an April 9 Harvey field hearing hosted by the House Committee on Homeland Security at The Berry Center in Cypress. Officials discussed what flood mitigation projects would be developed with the $17.4 billion that was given to the Corps by Congress in February. Read our recap here.

3) Reminder: Tax Day is Tuesday

Americans will file taxes on Tuesday, April 17 this year. For those who have not filed yet, here are a few tips to help the process go more smoothly.

4) Katy City Council to hold candidate forum Thursday night

The Katy City Council will hold a candidate forum at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Cane Island. Wards A and B and the at large council seat are up for grabs, with two candidates campaigning for each position. At large candidates will start things off at 6:30 p.m., followed by Ward A candidates at 7 p.m. and Ward B candidates at 7:30 p.m. State Representative Mike Schofield, R-Katy, will moderate the event. City Council Incumbents Ray Boothe and Durran Dowdle are running for reelection. Read more election coverage at www.communityimpact.com. 2100 Cane Island Parkway, Katy.

5) ICYMI: Katy ISD officials not aware of any students affected by statewide STAAR disruptions

Last week thousands of students statewide experienced technical difficulties while taking the required State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness tests, state officials said. Katy ISD officials said they are not aware if any students in the district experienced the same disruptions yet. Read more on the disruptions here.

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Rebecca Hennes
Born and raised in west Houston, Rebecca joined Community Impact in June 2017 after graduating from the Honors College at the University of Houston. She serves as the Katy editor covering government, education, business and transportation.
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