KATY/HARRIS COUNTY (Covering Katy News) - Two new schools opened in Katy Wednesday morning. Olga Leonard Elementary opened its doors in the northwest region of the district in a subdivision off Morton Ranch Road, and Joe Adams Junior High School opened in Fulshear's Cross Creek Ranch subdivision.
Many parents were ready for their kids to head back to school. Many students were excited too, especially those going to a pristine, new campus.
“I like it. I wonder what my teacher did to the classroom," said Leonard Elementary School fist grader Helena Garcia.
Leonard Elementary Principal Stephanie Vaughan stood by the door and personally welcomed every student and parent as they entered the school. The smell of freshly installed carpet was noticeable as you came through the door of the new facility.
Katy Independent School District Superintendent Ken Gregorski spent the day making the rounds to numerous campuses Wednesday. Katy ISD now has 70 campuses. Gregorski says the new schools have new security in an era where the potential for active shooters are a big concern.
“All of our newest facilities have state of the art security measures," Gregorski said. "We don’t share all those with everybody but you are talking about electronic doors and video cameras. You imagine it. We’ve got it in here.”
He also thanked voters for approving $70 million in bonds for security upgrades to older campuses.
There are now 81,500 students and 10,000 staff to protect at Katy ISD.
Leonard Elementary School has 650 students. Adams Junior High School has more than 1,300 students. Next year Katy ISD high school 9 will open next door.