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Katy ISD enrollment hits 80,000 mark

November 9, 2018

Christopher Morcos paused for a moment when he was asked to described how big 80,000 was.

“Fifty dollars?” the 8-year-old answered while surrounded by classmates, his parents and several Katy Independent School District officials.

Christopher was sitting with on the floor with his fellow students Friday morning when Katy ISD Superintendent Lance Hindt and Board President President Courtney Doyle, along with his parents, came into his classroom at Davidson Elementary School, 26906 Pine Mill Ranch Drive.

The boy, who had been living with his family in Egypt about a week ago, was officially identified as the 80,000 student in the Katy Independent School District.

“We’re what is called a ‘fast growth school district’ but we weren’t expecting 80,000 kids until late in the Spring time. Here we are hitting it just before the winter Christmas break,” Hindt said.

The enrollment milestone came amid Katy ISD’s commemoration of the district’s 100th anniversary.

“Yes, that’s older than me,” Hindt told one of the students in the class.

Christopher received a bouquet of balloons and an official Katy ISD centennial lunch box from district officials.

“It’s very exciting. We absolutely love it,” said his father, Peter Morcos. “A new place — a new school — and a very good start.”

Although he spent most of his life in Egypt, Christopher was born in New York. He was excited after learning that his father’s job in the oil and gas industry meant the family would be moving to Texas. Peter Morcos said the quality of the education his children could receive convinced them to set up stakes in Katy.

“I did my research and everybody recommended Katy ISD as the best school district in Houston,” Morcos said. “We decided to move to Katy ISD and look for a house in Katy.”

He didn’t expect Christopher’s transition from student in Egypt to student in Katy, Texas, to go off without a hitch but said it was smooth and trouble-free.

“He told me he made friends the first day and was happy. We liked that very much,” Morcos said.

The diversity of his classmates made the adjustment to school life in Katy even easier.

“He gets to know people from all around the world. He doesn’t feel that he’s that unique,” Morcos said. “He’s able to mingle very easily.”

School principal Jessie Miller said the 1,200 students at Davidson Elementary come from 39 different countries around the world.

“It’s something we really celebrate,” she said. “This is an incredible melting pot.”

Miller said Christopher was a little shy but called him a “sweet, sweet boy” who has fit right in with his classmates in the relatively short time he has been a student at the campus she leads.

“I made a lot of friends,” he said. “This is a surprise.”

mike.glenn@chron.com

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