Alejandro Avedano, a parent and volunteer in Katy ISD, has been chosen to lead the 2023 Community Bond Advisory Committee. The 150-member committee will assess budgets and campus capital needs for a potential November schools bond, per a Feb. 27 press release from the district.

According to the news release, Avedano—who is an engineer by trade—has lived in Katy for eight years and has two children enrolled in KISD high schools. He often volunteers for fundraising activities at the students’ school.

Avedano said in the release he was eager to work with members of the committee to ensure every child receives the best education possible and that families understand how district resources are utilized toward this end.

“This includes access to high-quality teachers, needed resources, a safe and secure learning environment, among other items, which will be a priority during our committee discussions,” Avendano said in the press release. “I’m honored to play a part in planning for Katy ISD’s future, and I encourage community members to get involved and follow along with the bond development process.”

Applications for the committee closed Feb. 15. KISD Chief Communications Officer Andrea Grooms said over 300 applications were received from community members—representative of parents, students, business owners and staff.

Of the 300, approximately 170 members were invited by a selection committee between Feb. 21-24.

Grooms said the historically selected bond committee chair is expected to lead the committee through important decision-making processes.

“That chairperson is responsible for attending every meeting, helping to guide some of those conversations, being the liaison between district administration, the bond committee facilitator and also the board, and ensuring that that committee stays on focus and on topic with their charge as a committee,” Grooms said.

Grooms said the next step in the committee's process is for members to do premeeting prep work ahead of the first meeting March 29. Committee members will utilize the newly created committee website with instructional videos.

The training videos cover topics such as school finance and bonds, classroom technology, school construction, and school maintenance and operations.

There will be four meetings before a recommendation is brought before the board in April. Those meeting dates are as follows:
  • March 29
  • April 5
  • April 12
  • April 18
If the recommendation is accepted, a community information bond campaign will commence. The deadline for the board of trustees to call for the November bond is in August.

More information on the committee is available on the district’s website.