After the board of trustees for Katy ISD unanimously approved the redesign of Katy Elementary School, located at 5726 George Bush Drive, Katy, on Nov. 15, updated changes to the plan were approved Dec. 13. Kirksey Architecture brought the revised rendering of the school, which features a more traditional brick exterior, to the meeting, where trustees unanimously approved the new design.

"We we got some feedback from the board," said Ted Vierling, KISD’s assistant superintendent of operations. "We got some feedback from the superintendent. We felt like this gave us an opportunity to come back to you tonight and possibly provide a little more traditional design, give you a little bit of a different look on what Katy elementary could be."

The proposed design shared by Kirksey Architecture includes a new two-story addition on the property, enlarging the library and adding collaboration spaces.

The design does keep some original features, such as the red brick entry, a rain mural, the trees in front of the school and the bell—items trustees described as “nonnegotiable.”

The $22.9 million project is funded by KISD’s $676.2 million May bond as well as savings from a 2017 bond. The project will begin in January and finish in August.