Katy ISD board of trustees approves salary increase for Superintendent Ken Gregorski

Katy ISD Superintendent Ken Gregorski received a $24,000 increase to his annual base salary. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
Katy ISD Superintendent Ken Gregorski received a $24,000 increase to his annual base salary. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)

Katy ISD Superintendent Ken Gregorski received a $24,000 increase to his annual base salary. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)


Editor's note: This story was updated at 10:45 a.m. to reflect a quote from the district regarding the salary increase.

After one year as the leader of the district, Katy ISD Superintendent Ken Gregorski has received a raise.

The KISD board of trustees approved a contract amendment to increase Gregorski’s annual base salary to $324,000 at the Jan. 20 regular meeting in a 6-0 vote, with board member Susan Gesoff absent.

Under the original contract, which was signed Jan. 14, 2019, Gregorski’s annual base salary was $300,000.

"Mainly it’s a contract extension, and the superintendent was given an 8% raise that is in alignment with the raise that was recently received by teachers," Maria Corrales DiPetta, KISD media relations and multimedia manager, said in an email.


Much like the original contract, the amendment allows for an annual increase in July, either to a percentage agreed upon by the board or with the maximum percentage raise given to the district's teachers.

Both the original contract and the amendment are available to view on the district’s website.

The amendment also extended Gregorski’s employment contract through December 2025. Gregorski's original contract was set to run until June 2022.

Gregorski’s first day as superintendent of the district was Jan. 15, 2019. He replaced former Superintendent Lance Hindt, who resigned. Two months before becoming superintendent, Gregorski was named by the board as acting superintendent. Before that promotion, Gregorski was KISD’s deputy superintendent for about two years.

At the Jan. 20. meeting, board members praised Gregorski’s leadership, personality and care for students.

Board member Duke Keller said he appreciated Gregorski’s willingness to answer difficult questions, while board Secretary Ashley Vann lauded Gregorski for how he navigated the transition into the leadership role through constant communication, fairness and kindness.

“The one thing that—if I could hang my hat on—that most impressed me, though, is your love of our kids,” board Vice President Bill Lacy said. “Your love of the kids that are in our community, in Katy ISD, is shown every single day. Every time I see you, every time we talk about anything, it’s always about the love of the kids.”
By Jen Para
Jen joined Community Impact Newspaper in fall 2018 as the editor of the Katy edition. She covers education, transportation, local government, business and development in the Katy area.


MOST RECENT

The Houston-area wing restaurant will open a location in Katy at 22762 Westheimer Parkway this summer. (Courtesy Big City Wings)
Big City Wings location coming to Katy this summer

Big City Wings will offer a variety of wings, burgers, sandwiches, salads, beer, and other drink and menu options.

Caroline Bordelon's son Caleb, 9, lives with autism. Caleb is nonverbal and has eloped from home many times. Upon learning about the Take Me Home program, Caroline immediately registered Caleb and said the program is greatly needed and gives her peace and comfort for her family. (Courtesy Hope For Three)
Fort Bend County program provides emergency assistance to residents with cognitive disabilities

A new program run through the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office is designed to give people with cognitive disabilities special assistance if they are found alone or in times of emergency.

Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston region in 2017. (Vanessa Holt/Community Impact Newspaper)
How Harris County residents can prepare for hurricane season

After the most active hurricane season on record in 2020, Harris County officials said residents should be prepared for the upcoming season starting June 1.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo speaks at an April 19 press conference at a mass-vaccination site at NRG Park. (Screenshot courtesy Facebook Live).
Harris County accepting walk-ins for vaccine at NRG Park

As demand for vaccines has fallen, officials are looking for ways to make them more accessible.

Katy Wines and Spirits will be have a variety of wines and will carry liquor and other options. (Courtesy Creative Commons)
Katy Wines and Spirits coming soon to area

Katy Wines and Spirits will open a location at 5901 Highway Blvd., Katy, this summer.

Vaccinations at any of Kelsey-Seybold Clinic's 26 Greater Houston-area locations are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. by appointment only at no cost to the individual or family. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Houston-based Kelsey-Seybold Clinic expands vaccine eligibility to age 16 and older

Vaccinations at any of Kelsey-Seybold Clinic's 26 Greater Houston-area locations are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. by appointment only at no cost to the individual or family.

Katy ISD to return to standard operations in June

As of June 1, Katy ISD students and staff will no longer be requiring face masks or offering virtual school, Superintendent Ken Gregorski said in an email on April 16.

Costco Business Centers, of which there are only about 15 in the country, carry different products and provide a different shopping experience to members than do traditional Costco Wholesale stores. (Courtesy Costco Wholesale)
Costco Business Center being built in Stafford; see live music in The Woodlands and more top Houston-area news

Read the top business and community news from the Houston area from the past week.

The program, which began this week in San Marcos, gives Amazon and Whole Foods employees and contractors direct access to COVID-19 vaccinations. (Courtesy Amazon)
Amazon begins rollout of statewide vaccination clinics for employees

The program, which began this week in San Marcos, gives Amazon and Whole Foods employees and contractors direct access to COVID-19 vaccinations.

(Courtesy Great American Cookies and Marble Slab Creamery)
Hybrid Marble Slab Creamery, Great American Cookies location coming to Katy

A new Marble Slab Creamery and Great American Cookies hybrid location will be opening July 1 at Grand Morton Town Center.

Memorial Hermann is hosting a drive-thru vaccine clinic at the Smart Financial Center in Sugar Land April 15-16. (Community Impact Newspaper)
Walk-ins welcome at COVID-19 vaccine clinic April 15-16 at Smart Financial Center

Haven't recieved the COVID-19 vaccine yet? Memorial Hermann is hosting a drive-thru clinic from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. in Sugar Land. No appointment necessary.