The Katy ISD board of trustees discussed during the Sept. 28 board meeting the suggested inspiration for Junior High No. 17: Bill and Cindy Haskett.
“Bill and Cindy Haskett have deep roots and decades of involvement in the Katy community and school district,” Superintendent Ken Gregorski said.
Bill Haskett’s family moved to the Katy area in 1952. After graduating from Katy High School in 1961, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture in 1966 and a master's degree in education in 1967 from Sam Houston State University, Gregorski said.
Cindy Haskett attended college at North Texas State University, receiving a bachelor's degree in education in 1972 and a master's degree in counseling in 1974. After teaching math for two years in Richardson ISD, she moved to Houston and taught math for six years in Spring Branch ISD.
They married in 1979. Cindy Haskett taught math at Katy Junior High School from 1980 until she retired in 2005.
Bill Haskett’s career in education spans over 50 years and started in Spring Branch ISD where he served from 1967-78 as a teacher, counselor and assistant principal. He returned to Katy in 1978 as an assistant principal of Katy High School and in 1981 became principal and served for 15 years. in 1996, he served as the director of community education and special projects, leading that effort until 2004 when he retired.
Bill Haskett has stayed busy in some capacity with the district since retiring from serving on the elections committee to announcing varsity football games, Gregorski said.
“The Hasketts have given a lifetime of exemplary service and dedication to Katy ISD and the Katy community,” Gregorski said. “Bill is known among many as a wise leader and a calming influence, a man who exemplifies Katy ISD spirit and caring attitude. In retirement, Cindy has continued to serve as a substitute teacher and works for the elections process in the annual spring board election.”
The committee will meet Oct. 21, and the board will officially approve the naming of the new junior high school later in October, board President Courtney Doyle said. “We could not be more excited for you guys to be our newest namesakes,” Doyle said, addressing the Hasketts who were present in the audience during the meeting. “It is our honor.”
Katy ISD naming advisory committee recommends Junior High No. 17 be named after Bill and Cindy Haskett
The Katy ISD board of trustees discussed during the Sept. 28 board meeting the inspiration for naming Junior High No. 17: Bill and Cindy Haskett. (Courtesy Katy ISD)