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.”