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Katy ISD says teacher turnover rates lower than other districts

February 25, 2019

Teacher turnover rate in the Katy Independent School District is lower than that of most districts in the greater Houston area and almost 50 school districts in the seven county Region IV area, officials said.

In 2018, Katy ISD welcomed its 80,000th student and is expected to grow by more than 17,000 students by 2028, according to demographers.

“Katy is a fast-growing district and so student population growth shows that. But also the increase in teachers over the last three years shows that as well,” Assistant Superintendent Brian Schuss told Katy ISD trustees.

In 2015, Katy ISD has 48,003 teachers on the payroll. District officials have said they currently employ more than 5,300 teachers on a full-time basis and more than 30 teachers part-time.

Schuss said the teacher turnover rate at Katy ISD is lower than in most other neighboring school districts.

“It’s actually significantly lower than a few of these districts,” he said.

For 2017-2018, Katy has a teacher turnover rate of 11.8 percent compared to 15.2 percent at Fort Bend ISD, 13.0 percent at Cy-Fair ISD and 17.6 percent for Houston ISD.

“Teacher turnover rate has consistently remained lower than our neighboring districts,” Schuss said.

The short presentation to the Katy ISD Board of Trustees was made to counteract a Houston Chronicle article that said more than 1,300 Katy ISD teachers have either left or were dismissed from their jobs since 2016.

Katy ISD officials did not deny the accuracy of the information in the Chronicle article but trustee George Scott said it lacked context. The district declined to comment on the article as it was being prepared.

Katy ISD Superintendent Ken Gregorski asked for the report after speaking with trustees, including board president Courtney Doyle, about the article.

“We decided to put a report on the agenda to show the public more of a true and accurate picture of the turnover of Katy ISD with a little more context,” he said.

District officials said the teacher turnover rate at Katy ISD is “within an industry standard” relative to comparable districts and actually lower.

mike.glenn@chron.com