Katy ISD trustees OK $5.6M of athletic facilities improvements, new junior high principal

KISD Police Department
From left: Kayla Gay, Christopher Ashmore, Daniel "Jason" Ryan and Brandon Kasper took the peace officer oath of office as newly commissioned officers of the Katy ISD Police Department at the Nov. 18 board of trustees meeting. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)

From left: Kayla Gay, Christopher Ashmore, Daniel "Jason" Ryan and Brandon Kasper took the peace officer oath of office as newly commissioned officers of the Katy ISD Police Department at the Nov. 18 board of trustees meeting. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)

Several Katy ISD high schools will soon see improvements to their athletics facilities

At the Nov. 18 regular meeting, the KISD board of trustees approved two construction projects totaling $5.6 million

For one project, KISD will replace and upgrade outfield fencing, backstop wall and safety netting at the Cinco Ranch, Morton Ranch and Seven Lakes high schools baseball fields; upgrade and replace the safety netting at the three campuses’ softball fields; and upgrade the field lighting at Morton Ranch and Seven Lakes High schools.

For a total cost of $3.1 million, the project will be paid for using 2017 bond savings, according to meeting documents. The contract was awarded to Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based Brown and Root Industrial Services LLC.

Construction for the outfield fencing is expected to be completed before the first home games at each campus, per the documents. The remaining project work will then begin when the 2019-20 baseball and softball seasons are over.


The project is expected to be completed before Aug. 1, per the documents.

Additionally, the board approved another project to replace the synthetic athletic field turf at Mayde Creek High School, Seven Lakes High School and Rhodes Stadium for a total project cost of $2.5 million. This project will be paid with 2017 bond funds and 2017 bond savings, according to meeting documents.

Construction on the fields is expected to start Jan. 20 and be substantially complete by May 20, per the documents. The contract was awarded to Austin-based Hellas Construction Inc.

New principal

Cinco Ranch Junior High School will have a new principal starting in January.

KISD board of trustees approved the appointment of Fielder Elementary School Principal Mona Salinas at the Nov. 18 meeting as the new leader of the junior high. She replaces the current principal, who is retiring, Superintendent Ken Gregorski said.

According to the school’s website, Elizabeth Nicklas is CRJH's principal.

Other positions Salinas has held in KISD include an assistant principal at CRJH and assistant principal at Jo Ella Exley Elementary School, according to a district press release. She has 20 years of public education teaching and administration experience.

Gregorski said the district is working to find a new principal for Fielder Elementary School.

“Please know we will be actively searching—for those Fielder folks out there—we’re going to find you somebody extra special to fill [Salinas’] shoes,” he said.
SHARE THIS STORY


MOST RECENT

water pouring out of many pipes into a basin
Katy-area residents may see water bills increase in 2020

The authorities’ increased rates are meant to help pay for billion-dollar water infrastructure projects to reduce their dependence on groundwater.

The Greater Houston area is expected to see a net gain of 42,300 jobs in 2020. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Greater Houston region expected to see slower job growth in 2020

The Greater Houston area is expected to see a net gain of 42,300 jobs in 2020.

Downtown Katy will turn into a winter wonderland for Katy Old Fashioned Christmas Festival on Dec. 7. (Courtesy Katy Market Days)
14 things to do in the Katy area this weekend, Dec. 6-8

This weekend offers hayrides, snow fun and other holiday activities.

Fusion Grill opened in Katy. (Courtesy Fusion Grill)
Fusion Grill opens on Mason Road in Katy area

The new restaurant made its debut in November.

Harris County Commissioners Court
Harris County unanimously approves plan for Healthy Food Financing Initiative program

The countywide competitive grant program will provide funding to support healthy food retail, nutrition education and urban agriculture in underserved communities.

Andretti Indoor Karting & Games
Andretti Indoor Karting & Games plans Katy-area facility

The business will have electric go-karts among other activities across 90,000 square feet.

Aloft Hotels opened in November. (Courtesy Aloft Hotels)
Aloft Hotels opens near Katy Mills

The hotel has 104 rooms.

(Courtesy Katy Responds)
Katy Responds fixes, returns Katy-area home damaged by Hurricane Harvey to local family

Fixing the home took about 480 volunteer hours and about $27,000 in grants and donations.

(Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Here’s where to vote for the state House District 28 runoff election

Early voting runs Jan. 21-14, and election day is Jan. 28.

Children’s Lighthouse of Nottingham
Children’s Lighthouse of Nottingham opens on Kingsland Boulevard in Katy

This location is owned and operated by locals Andy and Allisa Hovis.

Harvey
New federal funding available for small businesses affected by Hurricane Harvey

Small-business owners can apply for up to $250,000 dollars in federal disaster relief.

Santa Claus is coming to Katy. (Courtesy Pixel-Shot/Adobe Stock)
Katy Fire Department 2019 Santa Tours gather toys, food in miniparades Dec. 2-18

Upon Santa’s arrival at a neighborhood, sirens, bells and music ring in the air, and families can wave to Santa.

Back to top