1 March 26, 2018. Statement from Ashley vann , Katy ISD Board President on behalf of the Board of Trustees The District found itself in the middle of a national media storm last week. The Board wants to present our response, something by law that we could not do until this official meeting. Viral videos, edited tape, false statements, and gotcha moments are a part of our modern news cycle and social media culture, yet often these frenzied attacks lack context and distort truth. As trustees to our children and their parents, our responsibility is to act on behalf of our community and judge our superintendent based on the totality of his record; his 27 years of service to students and the community as a teacher and administrator; not just on claims of what a 14-year-old boy is alleged to have done 40 years ago.
2 The Board fully vetted Dr. Lance Hindt before hiring him two years ago and continue to do so. His strong leadership and fulfillment of our vision since then has affirmed our decision. We stand united with Dr. Hindt today. We understand the optics from last week made it seem like we are insensitive to allegations of bullying. However, that could not be further from the truth. Sometimes moments like this remind us of why we became so passionate about public education. Even if facts aren't exactly correct, or if motives are unclear, it gave us a chance to look at what more we can do to continue to erase bullying at Katy ISD.
3 Prevention and intervention is not new to this district. In fact, continuing to find new solutions is part of our long-range Strategic Plan, including our year-long development of a mobile app that will provide another way for our tech savvy kids to report bullying incidents. Katy ISD has no tolerance for any action that may constitute bullying or cyberbullying. Each campus has in place a set of programs to protect our children. We constantly encourage students to report incidents, and we investigate and discipline those who engage in such activities. As a Board, our resolve to be leaders in bullying prevention remains solid.
4 So too is our support for Dr. Hindt.