New Texas School Incorporates Solar Farm

Sept. 15, 2021
The state-of-the-art campus includes many features to support academic excellence as well as sustainability.

On August 18, 2021, Katy Independent School District (ISD) Superintendent Ken Gregorski, Principal David Paz, Area Superintendent Christopher Morgan and Bill and Cindy Haskett officially welcomed more than 800 students and 87 staff members to the Bill and Cindy Haskett Junior High, a state-of-the-art school named after two Katy ISD living legacies. The campus includes many features to support academic excellence as well as sustainability, including a solar farm.

“We are proud to be the first school in this area to integrate an above-ground solar farm that powers the entire campus on sunny days,” said Paz. “The solar farm will also be used as a learning tool in several classrooms, allowing students to track weather, climate and energy efficiency.”

The stand-alone junior high is projected to serve more than 1,500 students by 2025. The three-story campus building is the district’s 17th junior high school, made possible by a 2017 bond. Katy,Texas, is located just west of Houston.

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