FFA in Katy ISD One of the district’s oldest programs 3,000 students involved $80,000 in scholarships Students earned $576,854 from animal sales Rodeo generates $50,000 for agricultural programs
FFA is about… -Leadership -Confidence building -Decision making -Public speaking -Entrepreneurship -Marketing -Media relations -Community service
Student safety and convenience – animal selection can be held in one place Animal safety – more space in holding areas minimizes animal health risk Ability to host multiple events at Katy HS and Merrell Center complex at the same time Aquaculture and biosciences opportunities Investment in long-term solution Why Expand the Gerald D. Young Agricultural Facility?
ScienceTechnology Engineering Mathematics What is S.T.E.M.?
New graduation requirements (House Bill 5) include S.T.E.M. and CTE diploma endorsements. “S.T.E.M. Talent Boosts Economy.” Letter to Editor, Houston Chronicle, Sept. 8, 2013 “The S.T.E.M. occupational category is one of the fastest growing in the economy.” American Youth Policy Forum Why Build a S.T.E.M. Center?
Why a Second Stadium? 7 Competitive High Schools and Growing!
Scheduling flexibility Preparation time between games Soccer games/tournaments UIL playoffs Marching contests/exhibitions Indoor space for professional development Indoor/outdoor space for community events What are Some Potential Benefits of a Second Stadium?
District# of Vars. FB Teams# of Stadiums Houston ISD234 Fort Bend ISD112 Cy-Fair ISD102 Katy ISD71 Conroe ISD52 Clear Creek ISD52 Who Has More Than One Stadium?
1 Potential Site 1 – No Price Quoted Estimated $30m Land Cost 1 2 Potential Site 2 – Estimated $28m–$30m Land Cost 3 Potential Site 3 – Only 56 Acres and Possibly $24m Land Cost 3 4 Potential Site 4 – Possibly $35m–40m Land Cost 2 5 Potential Site 5 – District Does Not Own and Not Feasible 4 5 6 Potential Site 6 – District Owns 6 7 Potential Site 7 – District Sold 8 Cinco Ranch High School Katy High School Mayde Creek High School Morton Ranch High School Seven Lakes High School James E. Taylor High School Katy High School No. 7 Rhodes Stadium 7 8 Potential Site 8 – District Owns What Other Locations Were Considered?
Why Next to Rhodes Stadium? Cost Avoidance Up to $40 million saved by the District utilizing owned land. Infrastructure Utility infrastructure in place, including drainage. Traffic/Parking Good access to and from major thoroughfares. 4,000 parking spaces; existing parking at Rhodes. Eliminate off-site parking. Expansion of Katyland Drive to address traffic. Operations Centralized deployment of event staff.
What is the Plan for Traffic? This street is being widened.
Projected Facility Costs Agricultural Science Center $25 million S.T.E.M. Project Center $4.5 million 14,000 Seat Stadium $69.5 million $99 million
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5 Early voting will be held Oct. 21 – Nov. 1 A valid ID will be required to vote Look for Katy ISD's bond election near the end of the ballot www.katyisd.org for more information www.katyisd.org