Retired Katy ISD architect proposed for Elementary School No. 43's namesake

Peter McElwain is a Katy ISD architect and planner who retired in 2017. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
Peter McElwain is a Katy ISD architect and planner who retired in 2017. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)

Peter McElwain is a Katy ISD architect and planner who retired in 2017. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)

Katy ISD's Elementary School No. 43—located at 6631 Greenwood Orchard Drive, Katy—now has a proposed name.

At the Jan. 20 regular board meeting, Superintendent Ken Gregorski announced the KISD Naming Advisory Committee has proposed naming the new school after Peter McElwain, a KISD architect and planner who retired in 2017.

McElwain joined district staff in 1998 and developed KISD’s facilities and planning department, Gregorski said.

Under McElwain's leadership, KISD built 25 elementary, nine junior high and six high schools as well as performing arts centers, administrative buildings, and facilities for outdoor and agricultural learning, Gregorski said.

In retirement, McElwain is a children’s book author and illustrator, Gregorski said.


A community forum to receive feedback on the proposed name will be held Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. A location was not provided.

The proposed name will be brought back to the board to approve at the Feb. 24 regular board meeting.

The $35.7 million campus—funded by the 2017 voter-approved bond— held a groundbreaking ceremony in May. It will provide enrollment relief to Bethke Elementary School.

It is estimated to have nearly 850 students enrolled in 2020, Assistant Superintendent of Operations Ted Vierling said in a Jan. 20 presentation related to the 2020 community bond advisory committee.
By Jen Para
Jen joined Community Impact Newspaper in fall 2018 as the editor of the Katy edition. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Jen has written about business, politics and education. Prior to CI, Jen was the web producer at Houston Business Journal.


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