Katy ISD school board OKs staff changes, construction contracts

Katy ISD
In honor of school board recognition month, Katy ISD parent-teacher associations donated books to campus libraries. These books were presented at the Jan. 20 regular board meeting. Katy ISD Council of PTAs President Georgia Strickland said there are 32,189 members of campus PTAs for the 2019-20 school year, still shy of the district’s goal of 35,691 members. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)

In honor of school board recognition month, Katy ISD parent-teacher associations donated books to campus libraries. These books were presented at the Jan. 20 regular board meeting. Katy ISD Council of PTAs President Georgia Strickland said there are 32,189 members of campus PTAs for the 2019-20 school year, still shy of the district’s goal of 35,691 members. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Katy ISD board of trustees approved staff changes and construction contracts at the Jan. 20 regular board meeting.

Staff changes

The board approved a new principal and transportation director at the Jan. 20 regular board meeting.

Sally Gupton is the new principal at Creech Elementary School, located at 5905 S. Mason Road, Katy. Her first day as principal was Jan. 21.

Since 2013, she had served as the assistant principal of the school, according to a KISD Jan. 20 press release. She joined KISD staff in 2010. Gupton replaces Euberta Lucas, who was appointed to be the principal of Elementary School No. 43, according to a KISD December press release.


Paul Landis was hired as the new executive director for transportation. He replaces Bill Woods, who retired at the end of the first semester of the 2019-20 school year, Maria Corrales DiPetta, KISD's manager of media relations and multimedia, said in an email.

Landis was previously employed at Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, Gregorski said. His first day at KISD is Jan. 27, DiPetta said.

Separately, Superintendent Ken Gregorski named Mike Rabe the head football coach and athletic coordinator for Jordan High School, which opens this fall, per a Jan. 20 press release. Most recently Rabe spent the past four years in this same role at Mayde Creek High School.

Construction contracts

The board also approved several contracts for campus improvement projects across the district.

  • Flooring replacements, $2.4 million: Exley, Franz and Rhoads elementary schools; Beckendorff Junior High School; and the Support Services Complex will receive new flooring. Funding comes from the 2017 voter-approved bond.

  • Barn renovations, $2.8 million: Seven barns at the Young Agricultural Facility will be upgraded with new cameras, pen frames, and lighting and electrical systems, among other improvements. Funding comes from 2017 bond savings.

  • Mayde Creek High School upgrades, $625,556: This campus will receive additional security cameras as well as new wayfinding signs and tennis court lights. Funding comes from 2017 bond savings.



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.


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