KATY, Texas (FOX 26) - The Katy Independent School District starts the academic year off bigger than ever before. District enrollment is at an all-time high with 75,000 students. It also has three new campuses including the Bethke Elementary School. That's where the newly-hired superintendent spent part of his morning on the first day of school.
"We're going to work hard, but we're going to have a good time," Dr. Lance Hindt told FOX 26 News. "Also, I think it's important that our staff has a good time. The kids react better when we're all having fun."
Bethke Elementary Principal Carrie Lowery said that Dr. Hindt helped get the school off to a great start by being there to welcome parents and students.
"It doesn't get any better than that!" said Lowery. "I think his approach of wanting to be on campuses and wanting to see kids, energizes kids, energizes teachers, and energizes me as a principal."
Lowery added that her school is built for about 1,000 students. 650 are enrolled right now, but with rapid expansion of area subdivisions, she expects that to climb to 750 by December.