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ONLINE AT 2020 PUBLIC EDUCATION EDITION VOLUME 9, ISSUE 1  SEPT. 23OCT. 20, 2020 Learning inequities As of Sept. 15, about 51% of Katy ISD’s students opted for online learning. Between summer break and learning lost during COVID-19, some students may face inequities due to nancial struggles, nonprot and education sources said. VOLUME XX, ISSUE XX  XXXXXXXXXX, 2020

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“I thinkwe sometimes havemore faith in this idea of online learning than evidence suggestswe shouldhave. ... Kids are not learning asmuchonline as theywouldbe in the classroom. That becomes especially true for kids that are low-income where a number of factors play out.” BOB SANBORN, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF CHILDREN AT RISK

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Katy-area nonprots faringwell despite COVID19 eects BY NOLA Z. VALENTE

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Although Katy-area nonprots have lost revenue and resources, the com- munity continues to keep organization eorts aoat by contributing donations and time during a year whenmany non- prot organizations at the national level have suered the eects of the COVID- 19 pandemic and the recession. When the pandemic hit in March, the Greater Houston Community Foun- dation surveyed 76 Greater Houston nonprots to gauge their needs and pri- orities and those of the communities CONTINUED ON 34

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“I CELEBRATEMY TEAMBECAUSE THEYARE TRUE HEROES INOUR COMMUNITY. I CELEBRATE OUR COMMUNITIES FOR BEINGHEROES FOR THEMINISTRY BECAUSEWITHOUT THE SUPPORT ANDDONATIONS THAT COME IN, WE WOULDN’T BE ABLE TODOWHATWE DO.” DEYSI CRESPO, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT KATY CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES

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FROMBETH: This month’s issue is full of timely news. From the new school year getting underway to an election coming up, we hope you nd our September issue helpful for you and your family. As the new editor of Community Impact Newspaper ’s Katy edition, I am diving right into covering Katy ISD news and look forward to getting to know this community better. Beth Marshall, EDITOR

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2 Black Rock Coffee Bar Houston opened its doors the weekend of Aug. 24 at 1420 West Grand Parkway South, Ste. 100, Katy. The Colorado-based company offers a range of coffee drinks as well as fresh energy drinks. www.br.coffee 3 Peek Dentistry , located at 3011 West Grand Parkway North., Ste. 200, Katy opened its doors in early September. The office is accepting new patients and covering cosmetic, implant and general dentist services. 832-409-4949. www.facebook.com/peekdentistry 4 Molina’s Cantina opened its newest location in the Fulshear area Aug. 31. The restaurant is located at 6300 FM 1463, Katy. The Tex-Mex eatery offers menu items such as fish tacos, enchiladas, tostadas, fajitas and salads. Desserts include flan, sopapillas and homemade tres leches cake. 832-789-6450. www.molinascantina.com 5 Delta Life Fitness opened in Katy Sept. 14 at 23021 Morton Ranch Road, Ste. J, Katy. The fitness center is designed for women and offers 30-minute workout classes for women of all ages and fitness levels. The center also offers child super- vision during workouts. 832-915-0776. www.katydeltalife.com 6 Long Coffee held its soft opening July 17 at 1321 N. Westgreen Blvd., Ste. 100, Katy. The family-owned roastery features a signature blend that is only know how to make my a handful of family members. In addition to hot and iced coffees, the shop’s menu includes tea and smoothies as well as pasta, fried rice, popcorn chicken and pastries. 832-321-3261. www.longcoffeeus.com

7 Dogwood Lane Goods held a soft opening Sept. 11 at 8503 Main St., Fulshear. Hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The shop is a locally-owned, southern-inspired home furniture, decor and gift boutique. 214-533-0899. www.facebook.com/Dog- wood-Lane-Goods-111996113707183/ COMING SOON 8 Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Houston will open a new club in Fort Bend County at 8709 Addicks Clodine Road, Houston, this fall. BGCGH Presi- dent and CEO Kevin Hattery said there is a need for programs here due to it being a marginalized community. Until its open- ing, BGCGH is running a drive-thru food pantry at the new facility on Mondays 9 Messina Hof Harvest Green Win- ery and Kitchen is expected to open in November 8921 Harlem Road, Richmond, according to a Sept. 2 Facebook post. A ground breaking ceremony was held in January for the location. This marks the fourth location for Messina Hof. Upon completion, the winery will be the largest in southeast Texas, according to a Messina Hof press release. The Richmond location will host a tasting room, a wine bar, an open-kitchen restaurant and a 2,600-square-foot covered patio. www.messinahof.com/harvestgreen from 3-5 p.m. 713-868-3426. www.bgclubs-houston.org 10 Jim Cossette plans to open a 1000 Degrees Pizza, Salad, Wings location in mid-November in the Katy area at 1922 Greenhouse Road, Ste. 800, Houston. At 1000 Degrees Pizza, Salad, Wings, customers can build their own Neapolitan

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NOWOPEN 1 Blue Legend Swim School opened a new location in Katy at 25830 Westheimer Pkwy., Ste. 100, Katy in mid-August. The training facility was

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pizza with various meats, vegetables, cheeses and sauces. The menu also features signature Neapolitan pizzas, breadsticks, salads, wings and cinnamon sticks. www.1000degreespizza.com. 11 A new steakhouse is opening in early December in Katy. Pearl and Vine will be located at 26151 Nelson Way, Katy. The restaurant will serve steak, seafood, oysters and wine. 281-398-3000. www.pearlandvinetx.com 12 Antidote Gastrobar will open its doors in October at 24515 Katy Fwy, Ste.100, Katy. It will specialize in a variety of beers and food such as wings, pizza, burgers and tacos. 281- 688-9994. www.antidotegastrobar.com 13 Krazy Katsu & Udon is coming soon to the Katy area. The Japanese eatery will be located at 4747 FM 1463, Katy and will hold a soft opening Sept. 24. The eatery offers meat dishes with pork, chicken, beef, fish and shrimp as well as noodle soups and sandwiches. 832-437- 2778. www.krazytasty.com/ CLOSINGS 14 The 9Round Fitness location at 20680 Westheimer Pkwy Suite 80, Katy closed its doors in August. 9Round Fit- ness is a franchised gym with two other locations in the Katy area and caters to those with fluctuating schedules. The other locations are at 1806 Avenue D, Ste. 108, Katy and 22720 Morton Ranch Road, Katy. Two Stein Mart locations in the Katy area will be closing by the end of October. The company announced Aug. 12 that

it had voluntarily filed for bankruptcy. Stein Mart Inc. cited a challenging retail environment paired with COVID-19 as causing significant financial distress on the business. The Katy locations are at 15A 6565 S. Fry Road, Katy, and 15B

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16 Nearly one year after Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal was fatally shot while conducting a traffic stop in the Cy-Fair area, a resolution to rename a post office after him unan- imously passed in the U.S. House of Representatives on Sept. 14. The bill will now be sent to the U.S. Senate for consideration. According to the U.S. Postal Service, naming postal facilities in honor of important local and national individuals dates back to the 1960s and is now one of the most common forms of legislation enacted in Congress. U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher, D-Houston, proposed House Resolution 5317 to propose the post office facility at 315 Addicks Howell Road, Houston, be renamed the Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal Post Office . The entire Texas delegation co-spon- sored Fletcher’s bill, according to a press release. Dhaliwal was a 10-year veteran of the HCSO and was remembered for his faith and service to the community at a memorial last October. He was also the first Sikh American in Texas to receive a policy accommodation to wear articles of faith, including his turban and beard, while serving. “Deputy Dhaliwal estab- lished deep, meaningful connections with the community he bravely served,” Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said.

Texas 202 Barbeque opened in Fulshear Sept. 8. (Photos courtesy Texas 202 Barbeque)

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With the state of Texas facing a projected budget shortfall of $4.58 billion—which comes with the threat of declining mobility funds as key tax revenue sources are weakened—a new group has emerged, calling for more public-private partnerships to keep crucial mobility projects from being curtailed. The group, Keep Texas Moving, was announced at a July 20 virtual press conference by the Texas Asso- ciation of Business, an Austin-based advocacy group that pushes for pro-business policies. With congestion levels worsening and a mobility crisis looming, TAB Vice President Aaron Cox said private partnerships could help advance projects such as optional toll lanes, which he said could be built faster and at no cost to taxpayers. “We would love to build free roads, but the reality is our tax revenues are just not keeping pace with the need and the growth we are experiencing, especially now that COVID-19 and lower energy prices are really hammer- ing the state and our transportation funding sources,” Cox said in a July 20 virtual press conference. The Texas Department of Transpor- tation has engaged in similar projects in the past, Cox said—including on a project to expand Hwy. 288 in Hous- ton—but the department’s authority to enter into public-private partnership projects expired in 2017. However, indi- vidual projects can still be approved by the Legislature. Texas voters approved a pair of statewide propositions—Proposition 1 in 2014 and Proposition 7 in 2015— that diverted portions of oil and gas

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severance taxes, general sales taxes andmotor vehicle sales taxes to the State Highway Fund, which is used in part to fund one-third of TxDOT’s annual budget. Funding projects Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar told state ocials July 20 to expect a historic drop in state revenue by the end of scal year 2020-21, with motor vehicle sales tax revenue and sever- ance tax revenue among the hardest hit. The highway fund is projected to get about $1.1 billion in transfers this scal year based on collections from the previous scal year, Hegar said. However, next year’s transfer—which will be based on collections from this year—is projected to fall to $620 million, he said. Cox said funding was insucient to address gridlock on Texas roads even

before the oil price woes. “The need for improving and expanding Texas roadways is outstrip- ping available funding,” he said. “That was true before Texas was hit by the double-barrel assault of COVID-19 and the worldwide fall in energy prices.” Keep Texas Moving is not advo- cating for any specic projects to be prioritized, a decision Cox said would be up to TxDOT and local metropol- itan planning organizations, such as the Houston-Galveston Area Council. He said a good starting place could be looking at the annual Most Congested Roadways report released by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. With overall state revenue on the decline, Cox said more private funding for road projects would also allow the state to preserve its tax dollars for other needs.

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had lost about 50% of members and about 65% of its revenue, Yoga West owner Kristin Abel said. “[Individuals] should understand that this pandemic has forever changed the way [gyms] operate,” Abel said. “Classes will be smaller; prices will be higher; protocols will be enhanced. The good news is that this will make the experience even better, and more personal, for members look- ing for an amazing fitness experience.” Mark Beecher, the owner and founder of Hyena Muay Thai, a local martial arts gym in Katy, said he is also experiencing changes in his business. “I’ve lost and I’m still losing students,” Beecher said. “The virus affected more people than just the people who got it.” Beecher, who has practiced martial arts for 23 years and had COVID-19 early this year, said being in shape is a great defense for illnesses.

He added the endorphins individ- uals create when they exercise make them feel happy and can help improve their mental health. Eric Williams, a co-founder at Elite MMA, a martial arts gymwith locations in the Greater Houston area, said while a vaccination and pharma- ceuticals are needed, exercise is an effective way to stay healthy. “Humans are made up of mind and body, and not challenging one’s mind or body on a daily basis does not create a picture of health,” he said. He recommended joining a fitness community following good COVID-19 protocol and offering individuals a supportive group to exchange fun dia- logues with and encourage physical growth and mental peace. “I have tons of fun joking around and supporting my teammates, and I get to prepare for the challenges of diseases all at the same time,” he said.

As 2020 has brought a global pandemic, a recession, social justice protests and numerous adjustments from the workplace to home, many are experiencing increased levels of anxiety and depression, experts said. Gyms are a place of community and endorphins, both of which can contribute to healthy minds. Gov. Greg Abbott authorized gyms to reopen at 25% capacity May 18, but many gyms in the Katy area have lost a large percentage of their clients due to either a loss of job, fear of contract- ing the virus, increased demand of time at home with children and other factors. Katy’s Yoga West Studios’ in-person classes, which are capped at 15 people, allow for 6 1/2-7 feet between class attendees. Although the studio is offering online classes, by the end of July, it

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Harris County, Houston consider $10 million partnership on facility for homeless individuals

KatytomoveforwardwithNov. 3elections afterMayelectionspostponedduetoCOVID19

Katy City Council meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 6:30 p.m. The next meeting is Sept. 28. Katy City Hall, 910 Ave. C, Katy 281-391-4800 • www.cityoaty.com Fulshear City Council meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. The next meeting is Oct. 20. Irene Stern Community Center, 6920 Katy Fulshear Road, Fulshear 281-346-1796 www.fulsheartexas.gov Harris County Commissioners Court usually meets twice a month on Tuesday mornings. The next meeting is Oct. 13 at 10 a.m. 1001 Preston Ave., Ste. 934, Houston 713-755-5000 www.harriscountytx.gov Fort Bend County Commissioners Court meets the rst, second, and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 1 p.m. The next meeting is Oct. 6. 401 Jackson St., Richmond 281-342-3411 www.fortbendcountytx.com MEETINGSWE COVER current gaps in services. If approved, the facility would serve roughly 108 people at a time, Young said, with robust stang around the clock. The plan calls for hiring a wide vari- ety of stamembers, including rehab professionals, master level counselors, mental health professionals, housing and employment specialists, peer sup- port specialists, care coordinators and nurses as well as psychiatric care and primary care physicians who would be there at least part-time. “What we’re describing and what we’re contemplating putting in place ... would be seen as a best practice and a goal that communities are reaching for,” Young said. “I think very few of themhave actually been able tomuster the resources to bring it to fruition.”

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KATY The city of Katy will now have elections Nov. 3 after Katy City Council originally voted to postpone the May elections due to the corona- virus pandemic. Council voted unanimously at its Aug. 10 regular meeting—held via virtual conferencing on Zoom at 4 p.m.—to move forward with the general election in November to elect City Council members. The city also applied for up to $850,000 of COVID-19 response reimbursement for small cities from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. The $150 billion coronavirus relief fund provides help for state, local and tribal governments navigating the impact of the virus.

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HARRIS COUNTY A partnership is expected to move forward this week between the city of Houston and Harris County to open a new facility to help the area’s homeless population during the COVID-19 pandemic. The facility— which is being dubbed the Respite, Rehabilitation and Re-entry Center—would be managed by the Harris Center for Mental Health and Intellectual and Development Disabilities. The facility will target individuals who are homeless and have signicant mental health issues, Harris Center CEOWayne Young said. Many people the facility is designed to help also have overlapping interactions with the criminal justice system, he said. By providing housing and treatment to these individuals, Young said, the facility will also help reduce the spread of COVID-19. The goal is to have a grand opening in November, he said. “The timing is critical so we can diminish the impact of COVID[-19] in this population,” Young said. The center is part of a broader homelessness program between the city and county that seeks to end chronic homelessness in Harris County entirely. Young said opening a mental health facility for the county’s most at-risk population is a core piece of lling the

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K AT Y I S D S N A P S H O T DISTRICT DATA

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SOURCES: TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY, KATY ISDCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

201920 TEACHER STATS

NEW SCHOOL UPDATES JORDAN HIGH SCHOOL 27500 Fulshear Bend Dr., Fulshear Opened: August 2020 MCELWAIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 6631 Greenwood Orchard Dr., Katy

*Estimated STUDENT ENROLLMENT

TOTAL NUMBER OF TEACHERS 5,602

AVERAGE YEARS OF EXPERIENCE 11

STARTING TEACHER SALARY $55,200

201920SUPERINTENDENT ANNUAL SALARY NEIGHBORING DISTRICT COMPARISON $299,999

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2019-20

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CYFAIR ISD $431,524

KLEIN ISD $330,000

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convene in January.” Despite economic challenges left in the wake of the global pandemic, KISD adopted a $0.0543 lower property tax rate for scal year 2020-21. The previous tax rate for the 2019-20 budget cycle was $1.4431. This marks the third consecutive year KISD has lowered its tax rate, Smith said. “Ours at $0.0543 does appear to be one of the higher reductions of tax rates,” he said. “That’s because of our value growth and House Bill 3.” HB 3, passed in 2019, provides more money for classrooms, increases teacher compensation, reduces recapture and cuts local property taxes, according to the Texas Education Agency. Within the budget, 88% of the district’s expendi- tures are allotted to salaries and benets, KISD Budget Director Sharri Buttereld said. KISD also approved a 1% salary increase across the board, Smith said. “From this point forward, there is a lot to do, especially in a COVID environment,” Smith said. “It’s very uid right now. We’re going to closely monitor all expenditures. We’re going to prepare for growth. We’re going to continue to open campuses.”

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KISD ended 2019-20 with 84,287 students and is budgeting for 87,000 by the end of the 2020-21 school year.

General fund breakdown More than half of Katy ISD’s revenue comes from local sources such as property tax, tuitions from community education, summer school and concession sales.

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A N I N S I D E LO O K AT K AT Y I S D D ATA A N D D E M O G R A P H I C S B Y C A M P U S CAMPUS DEEP DIVE COMPILED BY BETH MARSHALL Community Impact Newspaper is taking a closer look at campus demographics. In Katy ISD, a majority of students are Hispanic, and a majority of teachers are white.

DEMOGRAPHICS

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 201920 DATA

Feeder schools

1 Alexander 2 Bear Creek

949 10.3% <1.1% 38.7% 4.7% 14.7% <1.1% 3.5% 38% 45, 64 751 79.9% <1.3% 1.9% 12.3% 71.5% 0% <1.3% 13.2% 46, 61 1,146 30.8% <0.9% 10.1% 14.7% 42.6% <0.9% 5.7% 26.4% 48, 55, 63 911 13.2% <1.1% 9.7% 10.9% 23.5% <1.1% 5.1% 50.6% 48, 58, 60 1,089 14.2% <0.9% 19.8% 5.8% 41.1% 0% <3.7% 29.9% 43, 58, 66 631 46.4% 0% 3.8% 10% 38.5% 0% 7.6% 40.4% 57, 60 857 27.8% <1.2% 16.1% 14.9% 25.2% <1.2 4.1% 39.3% 44, 59 1,141 8.1% <0.9% 37.7% 8.8% 15.9% <0.9% 5.3% 31.8% 56, 66 1,044 25.9% <1% 25.5% 8.4% 23.3% 0% <5.8% 37.4% 44, 51, 59, 65 956 26.8% <1.1% 8.1% 8.1% 40.2% <1.1% 2.3% 41.1% 44, 47, 59 978 68.2% <1.0% 4.4% 18.6% 63.5% <1% 1.9% 10.9% 50, 53, 62 850 59.5% <1.2% 8.8% 29.3% 36.7% <1.2% 1.7% 23.1% 50, 63 850 10.3% <1.2% 25.9% 4.6% 19.9% <1.2% 5.9% 43.5% 45, 47, 59, 64 665 28.7% <1.5% 22.4% 7.2% 23% 0% <4.5% 43.2% 51, 52, 65 1,011 18.6% <0.1% 37.1% 6.6% 22.4% <1% 4.3% 29.4% 45, 64 846 68.2% <1.2% <1.2% 5.3% 65.1% 0% 1.8% 27.3% 48, 60 1,452 12.3% <0.7% 30% 7.4% 37.2% <0.7% 2.8% 22% 43, 56, 66 634 17.7% <1.6% 1.7% 3.9% 21.1% <1.6% 2.2% 70.2% 48, 58, 60 1,194 7.9% <0.8% 32.8% 3.5% 22.3% <0.8% 4.8% 36.3% 45, 47, 64, 66 941 54.6% <1.1% 5.3% 14.2% 52.4% <1.1% 0.7% 23.3% 48, 60, 62 689 51.8% 0% 8.4% 28.7% 42.4% 0% 3.1% 17.4% 55, 63 762 68% <1.3% 7.7% 24.3% 46.6% <1.3% 4.2% 16.7% 49, 61 755 68% <1.3% 3.3% 17.8% 62.9% 0% <2.7% 14.3% 46, 49, 50, 53 898 60% <1.1% 3.9% 5.9% 70.9% 0% <3.3% 15.9% 52, 65 948 61.2% <1.1% 5.8% 19.4% 58.4% 0% <3.2% 12.6% 50, 53, 62, 63 877 25.4% <1.1% 7.5% 10.3% 20.9% <1.1% 3.6% 57% 52, 57, 65 1,100 15.3% 0% 26.9% 6.9% 15.5% <0.9% <3.6% 47.5% 51, 65

3 Bethke 4 Bryant

5 Campbell 6 Cimarron

7 Creech

SOURCES: TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY, KATY ISDCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

8 Davidson

9 Exley

10 Fielder 11 Franz 12 Golbow 13 Grin 14 Hayes 15 Holland 16 Hutsell 17 Jenks

ACCOUNTABILITYRATINGS All Texas school districts and campuses will receive a Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster label for their 2020 accountability ratings, according to the Texas Education Agency. Texas students take the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness each year to measure standards in reading, writing, math, science and social studies and are traditionally given letter grades ranging from A-F based on performance. Although the coronavirus pandemic is ongoing, the state has said all students will be required to take the STAAR in 2021, as of press time. The ratings are based on several categories, including Student Achievement, School Progress and Closing the Gaps, all of which compare student performance. FOR 2020 AND BEYOND

A KATY ISD OVERALL RATING Exemplary 2019 RATING

performance Recognized performance Acceptable performance In need of improvement Unacceptable performance

18 Katy

19 Kilpatrick

20 King

21 Leonard

22 Mayde Creek 23 McRoberts

24 Memorial Parkway

25 Morton Ranch

26 Nottingham Country

27 Pattison 28 Randolph 29 Rhoads 30 Rylander 31 Schmalz 32 Shafer 33 Stanley 34 Stephens 35 Sundown

1,145

- <0.9% 13.4% <4.4% 13.8% 0% 5.2% 64.1% 43, 66

942 68.6% <1.1% 4.6% 15.8% 62.9% <1.1% 3% 13.2% 46, 49, 61 1,099 28.4% <0.9% 23.3% 11.1% 23.2% <0.9% 4.5% 37.7% 47, 58, 59, 60 1,206 62.7% <0.8% 7.4% 24.3% 49.5% 0% <4.2% 14.3% 46, 49, 61 1,194 12.4% <0.8% 33.9% 10.5% 17.8% <0.8% 4.6% 32.8% 54, 56, 64, 66 1,057 6.6% <1% 34.3% <3.8% 18.5% 0% 3.9% 39.8% 54, 64, 66 693 73.3% <1.4% 5.1% 12.7% 68.4% 0% <1.5% 11.5% 49,50,53,61,62 771 79.1% <1.3% 2.6% 17% 68.5% 0% 2.6% 9.5% 53, 62 821 53.4% <1.2% 7.8% 18.6% 39.2% 0% 4.9% 30% 57, 60, 65 839 23% <1.2% 11.6% <3.6% 35.8% 0% 4.3% 45.4% 44, 59 1,014 9.6% <0.1% 29.7% 6.6% 22.3% <1% 2.4% 38.7% 54, 56, 64, 66 664 49.3% 0% 4.5% 12.1% 40.5% 0% 6.9% 36% 53, 55, 62, 63 370 56% <2.7% 3.2% 23.5% 44.1% 0% <2.7% 26.5% 46,49,52,61,65 1,004 6.6% <1% 10.1% 4.6% 14.2% <1% 2.9% 67.9% 58, 60 1,236 10.4% <0.8% 26.7% 9.8% 15.4% <0.8% 6% 41.4% 47,56,58,60,66

2 0 1 8  1 9 S T U D E N T  T E A C H E R DEMOGRAPHIC BREAKDOWN

DISTRICTWIDE STATE AVERAGE

STUDENTS

TEACHERS

36 West Memorial

37 Williams 38 Wilson 39 Winborn

11.2%

12.6%

7.2%

10.6%

AFRICAN AMERICAN

0.3%

0.4%

0.4%

0.3%

AMERICAN INDIAN

40 Wolfe

41 Wolman

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15.6%

4.7%

3%

1.9%

42 WoodCreek

35.4%

52.6%

14.6%

27.7%

DEMOGRAPHICS

HISPANIC

3.1%

2.4%

1%

1.1%

MIDDLE SCHOOLS 201920 DATA

MULTIPLE RACES

34.4%

27.4%

73.8%

58.4%

WHITE

Feeder schools

SOURCE: TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCYCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

43 Adams

1,300 6.7% <0.8% 20.8% 8.9% 23.4% <0.8% 3.1% 43.6% 66 1,259 20.9% <0.8% 15.2% 8.1% 26.5% <0.8% 4.9% 45.2% 59 1,708 11.7% 0% 34.1% 6.2% 19.4% <0.6% <3.5% 37.3% 64 1,008 70% <1% 2.8% 13% 67.7% <1% <1.3% 14.2% 61 1,460 21.2% <0.7% 21.5% 7.5% 31.8% <0.7% 4% 34.9% 59, 60, 66 1,220 45.3% <0.8% 2.6% 7.8% 48.4% <0.8% 2.4% 38.1% 60, 62, 63 1,161 66.6% 0% 8.1% 24.1% 51.2% <0.9% 3.5% 13.4% 61 910 64.1% <1.1% 4.8% 24.4% 54.5% 0% <3.3% 13.3% 62, 63 1,187 20.8% 0% 25.4% 7.3% 21.7% <0.8% 5.1% 41% 65 911 40.6% <1.1% 8.5% 9.7% 36.9% <1.1% 3.7% 40.9% 65 1,187 67.5% <0.8% 4.2% 18.8% 58% <0.8% 2.5% 15.8% 62 1,483 12.4% <0.7% 29.1% 8.2% 26.6% <0.7% 2% 33.7% 64, 66 1,075 46.8% <0.9% 4.9% 20.8% 49.4% <0.9% 4.5% 19.6% 63 1,391 9% <0.7% 30.4% 9.4% 21.6% <0.7% 2.6% 35.7% 66 866 54% <1.2% 5% 15% 43.7% <1.2% 2.3% 33.3% 60, 65 1,215 11.5% <0.8% 9.1% 8.6% 21.7% <0.8% 2.9% 57.2% 60, 66

DEMOGRAPHICS

44 Beck

45 Beckendor

46 Cardi

HIGH SCHOOLS 201920 DATA

47 Cinco Ranch

48 Katy

49 Mayde Creek 50 McDonald

59 Cinco Ranch

3,245 20.3% <0.3% 16.8% 8.3% 29.7% <0.3% 3.7% 41.3% 98% 3,446 31.2% <0.3% 5% 9.3% 36.1% <0.3% 3.2% 46.1% 95.5% 2,875 65.5% <0.4% 6.7% 20.8% 56.3% <0.4% 2.1% 13.5% 91.3% 2,545 61% <0.8% 5.3% 19.4% 57.3% <0.8% 2% 15.4% 92.8% 2,151 49.5% <0.9% 6.5% 24.1% 48.2% <0.5% 2.1% 18.3% - 3,760 12% <0.3% 28.1% 7.2% 24.8% <0.3% 2.8% 36.7% 98.4% 2,902 26.3% <0.3% 16.6% 9% 27.1% <0.3% 3.5% 43.3% 96% 4,007 9.2% <0.3% 25.4% 8% 25% <0.3% 2.7% 38.7% 98.4%

51 McMeans

60 Katy

52 Memorial Parkway

61 Mayde Creek 62 Morton Ranch

53 Morton Ranch 54 Seven Lakes

63 Paetow

55 Stockdick

64 Seven Lakes

56 Tays

65 Taylor

57 West Memorial

66 Tompkins

58 WoodCreek

*STUDENTS WHO GRADUATED IN FOUR YEARS IN 2018

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