Katy ISD selects, proposes names for Junior High No. 17 and former L.D. Robinson Pavilion

A new junior high and the former L. D. Robinson Pavilion in Katy ISD are set to be named after three past and present district educators. (Community Impact staff)
A new junior high and the former L. D. Robinson Pavilion in Katy ISD are set to be named after three past and present district educators. (Community Impact staff)

A new junior high and the former L. D. Robinson Pavilion in Katy ISD are set to be named after three past and present district educators. (Community Impact staff)

Katy ISD’s newest junior high school will officially bear the name of two former district educators. The board of trustees named Junior High No. 17—located at 25737 Clay Road and set to open in fall 2021—as Bill and Cindy Haskett Junior High.

The Hasketts have more than eight combined decades of service in public education. Cindy Haskett taught at KISD from 1980 until she retired in 2005. Bill Haskett was first a student at Katy High School and returned as an assistant principal in 1978. He went on to serve as an assistant principal, a principal and a director of community education and special projects and contributed in other positions until his retirement in 2004, according to the district.

The KISD Naming Advisory Committee also recommended to the board that the former L.D. Robinson Pavilion be named “Martha Aki ECI Project TYKE” during the Oct. 26 meeting. Aki is set to retire in December and is the director of the KISD Early Childhood Intervention Project TYKE Program, where she has worked for 28 years. She has been an educator for 40 years, during which she has served as a specialist, teacher of students with auditory impairments, an early childhood special education teacher and a kindergarten teacher, according to KISD.

The former pavilion housed KISD’s rodeo arena and played host to FFA competitions before those activities were relocated to the new KISD Agricultural Sciences Center in 2019, according to a release from the district. The 25,000-square-foot facility will be repurposed to provide expanded space for the ECI Project TYKE program, which serves children from birth to 36 months with developmental delays or disabilities, according to the district.

“Thank you, Katy ISD school board, for your support throughout the years and your continued support as a new legacy begins,” Aki said during the Oct. 26 school board meeting. “It is with great honor that I accept this nomination on behalf of myself and my family.”


Before the name change is brought back to the board for formal action later this fall, there will be a virtual public forum from 6-7 p.m. Nov. 4 to allow the community to provide input. Those who would like to make comments at the forum should sign up in advance and send an email with their name, email and phone number to publicrecords@katyisd.org by 2 p.m. Nov. 4.
By Marie Leonard
Marie came to Community Impact Newspaper in June 2011 after starting her career at a daily newspaper in East Texas. She worked as a reporter and editor for the Cy-Fair edition for nearly 5 years covering Harris County, Cy-Fair ISD, and local development and transportation news. She then moved to The Woodlands edition and covered local politics and development news in the master-planned community before being promoted to managing editor for the South Houston editions in July 2017.


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