Katy ISD increases police presence, UH Katy breaks ground: 5 things to know in Katy this week, May 21-25

Katy ISD has increased its police presence on campuses, according to a letter from KISD Superintendent Lance Hindt.

Katy ISD has increased its police presence on campuses, according to a letter from KISD Superintendent Lance Hindt.

The Katy ISD board of trustees will meet for a work study meeting at 5:30 p.m. today, May 21. Members of the public will have the chance to address the board during a public forum. Several notable groundbreakings are also planned for the area this week. Here are the details on five things Katy residents should know this week, May 21-25:

KISD increases police presence on campuses

KISD Superintendent Lance Hindt tweeted a letter to KISD staff and parents May 20 in which he commented on the Santa Fe High School shooting and alerted the community that KISD will increase its police presence on campuses.



“Regularly, the Katy ISD Police Department, along with officials from every campus address emergency situations and conduct the appropriate emergency preparedness drills,” Hindt stated in the letter. “While classes and activities will proceed regularly, there will be an increased presence of Katy ISD police officers at our schools.”

Requests for details on the level of increased security could not be released by the district.

"For safety measures and to protect the well-being of our students and staff, Katy ISD does not disclose details about its safety protocols," KISD spokesperson Maria DiPetta said.


KISD to discuss salary increases, swear in new members

The Katy ISD board of trustees will meet for a work study meeting 5:30 p.m. today at the Education Support Complex. Items on the agenda include swearing in new members Dawn Champagne and Susan Gesoff and considering action on items that include increasing salaries for the 2018-19 school year and approving additional department staffing needs. A 20-minute public forum will also be held at the end of the meeting. 6301 S. Stadium Lane, Katy.

Fort Bend Commissioners to approve contracts, interlocal agreements

Fort Bend County Commissioners will meet at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22 at the historic courthouse in downtown Richmond. Items on the agenda include taking action on an interlocal agreement for jail services between Harris and Fort Bend counties and approving an amendment to an agreement between Fort Bend Grand Parkway Toll Road Authority and ISI Contracting, Inc. regarding routine operations and maintenance.

 Groundbreakings held for UH, Texana

The University of Houston will host a groundbreaking ceremony and reception for its new Katy facility 1 p.m. May 23 at Partnership Way, off the Grand Parkway north of I-10.

The Texana Center Board of Trustees and the Forward Together in Fulshear Steering Committee will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the first phase of the new Texana Fulshear Campus, which includes a retail training center, 10:30-11:30 a.m. May 23 at FM 359 N. at Wallis Street.

May issue hits mailboxes May 24

Keep an eye out for the next issue of Community Impact Newspaper, which is set to hit homes this week, May 24.  All print content will also be shared online at communityimpact.com.