Incumbents Bryan Michalsky and Charles Griffin were re-elected to the Katy ISD board of trustees following the May 9 election. In the Position 6 race, Michalsky received 61.8 percent, or 1,604 votes, compared with challenger John Pendergraff’s 38.2 percent, or 993 votes. In the Position 7 race, Griffin received 62.8 percent, or 1,675 votes, compared with challenger Leonard Ledford’s 37.2 percent, or 992 votes.
Michalsky, first elected to the board in 2012, is the chief financial officer for Cotton Holdings, Inc., a member of the Katy Area Economic Development Council and a member of the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce. Michalsky said he supports the board’s resolution to repeal high-stakes testing.
“I’m very humbled the community came out and supported me for a second term. I think it’s a validation of the work the current board has done,” Michalsky said.
“I’m a little disappointed in the low turnout, but voter turnout tends to be driven by either an agent for change or by a fear of change, and neither was evident in this election. I think that’s a validation that the board is doing a good job, and I want to continue that [work],” he said.
Griffin, a United Airlines Boeing 737 captain and retired lieutenant colonel in the Air Force, was first elected to the KISD board in 2012. Griffin said he would continue to support inclusive education programs that encourage leadership among Katy students.
“I would like to thank everyone who participated in this election. Thank you for putting our students first,” Griffin said. “I was honored to be selected to serve the first time, and I thank you for your trust, faith and confidence in me and for allowing me to serve another term.”