Speaking of Katy schools: The power lines in the photo on the left, a couple miles southwest of Katy Mills mall, flag the dividing line between Jefferson Development’s Firethorne subdivision, zoned to Katy ISD, and the just-announced Firethorne West addition in Fulshear the company just announced — which will be served by the Lamar Consolidated ISD. The new Katy ISD elementary school site waiting for November’s bond vote and proudly featured in the center of Firethorne’s master plan will not be serving the 1,400 planned homes in Firethorne West, even though they’ll be only 2 blocks away. The kids in Firethorne West will likely be attending Huggins Elementary, which is more than five miles to the southwest. And until new roads are built they’d actually get to drive past that “Future Katy ISD” elementary school every school day to get there:
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Firethorne’s master plan does show a “proposed” Lamar CISD elementary school in its new West section, but it isn’t clear what stage of development that school is in — or exactly who is proposing it. When the kids in Firethorne West get older, they’ll have a longer commute to high school, too: Lamar CISD’s Foster High School is 7 1/2 miles further away from the development than Katy High School, where Firethorne students go. Firethorne West students will face longer carpools in junior high, too.
- Firethorne Breaks Ground on 430-Acre Firethorne West; Katy/Fulshear Community Exceeds New Home Sale Records in 2010 [Firethorne]
Photos: Aaron Carpenter