Katy ISD is meeting or exceeding all state education standards, remains in good standing fiscally, and is planning for increased enrollment projected at three to five percent annually in the next few years, Superintendent Alton Frailey said.
Frailey presented the district's report card to community leaders, educators and administrators Nov. 1 at the annual State of the District address.
Growth was a major theme of the presentation, as the district tries to position itself to respond to burgeoning communities and businesses in the area.
"We are a very attractive place to a lot of folks who want the best, a lot of folks who are in search of something better," Frailey said. For that reason the district's "numbers are changing."
The subtext to Frailey's comments is the district's proposed $99 million bond, the fate of which will be decided by voters Nov. 5.
Here are a few take-aways from the address:
–Total enrollment in Katy ISD is 66,957 students. The student population grew from last year's 64,059. 58 schools.
–The largest source of growth in the last year—76 percent—comes from subdivisions that are not yet built-out. That amounts to an increase of about 2,100 students last year solely from new homes. Students from subdivisions that are considered built-out account for 14 percent of the growth over the last year but they make up a large part of the total population, at 49,721.
–A much smaller portion of the growth comes from apartment or multi-family housing—collectively about 10 percent.
–Enrollment is expected to break 75,000 by 2016.
–Of the 58 districts in the state above 20,000 students, Katy ISD is ranked ninth in having the fewest socio-economically disadvantaged students. About 30 percent of students in the district fit those criteria. By comparison, about 38.5 percent of students in Fort Bend ISD are socio-economically disadvantaged and about 41.25 percent of students in Klein ISD.
–Katy ISD is ranked second in overall results for the 2012–13 STAAR Test (3rd–8th grades) out of schools with 20,000 or more students.
–The district and all of its campuses met state and federal education standards and exceeded the target scores on all indexes.
–Moody's awarded the district a credit rating of Aa2. Standard and Poor's awarded a rating of AA.
–There has been a 78 percent increase in property values in Fort Bend County north of Hwy. 1093.