From the Office of State Senator Glenn Hegar, District 18

For Immediate Release
August 5, 2009
Contact: Lisa Craven
(512) 463-0118

Senator Glenn Hegar and State Representative Bill Callegari Announce the Creation of a Katy Area Education Task Force

AUSTIN — State Senator Glenn Hegar (R- SD 18) & State Representative Bill Callegari (R-HD 132) announced today the formation of the Katy Community Higher Education Task Force,. The Task Force will be a collaborative educational partnership consisting of civic entities, community leaders, and business partners working together to study, develop, and plan for the viability and sustainability of a PK-20+ Framework for the community.

Created to improve and expand higher education opportunities for students and businesses, the Task Force aims to create a seamless transition between high school and post-secondary opportunities, provide students with work-based learning experiences, and provide businesses with workers trained in the skills that are needed most.

"We are proud to be a part of this important initiative. As our community's population grows, expanding educational opportunities for our students is critical, It is important that we begin to identify issues and actions related to areas such as the design and alignment of K-12 and higher education systems, accountability, as well as political, cultural, fiscal, and other policy barriers within the community."

"As Co-Chairs of the Katy Community Higher Education Task Force, we look forward to working with the members of this task force and appreciate the dedication, commitment and service to the community we call home,"

Members of the Katy Community Higher Education task force include: Ann Davis, Mayor Don Elder, Superintendent Alton Frailey, Mace Hirt, Ann Hodge, Senator Joan Huffman, Tracy Janda, Lance LaCour, Peyton Lumpkin, Jack McCabe, Senator Dan Patrick, Representative Hubert Vo, Jamie Wolman, Representative John Zerwas, Robert Garza, Van Martin, Liz O'Donnell, Mona Covington, and Anna Web-Storey.

Senator Hegar served two terms in the Texas House of Representatives and now represents Senate District 18 in the Texas Senate. He is a sixth generation Texan, and earns a living farming rice and corn on land that has been in his family since the mid 1800's. He currently resides in Katy, Texas with his wife Dara, and their three children, Claire, Julia, and Jonah.

Bill Callegari has served five terms in the Texas House of Representatives , representing District 132. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and has resided in the Katy area for 40 years. He and his wife Ann have 4 children and 10 grandchildren.