Well, it appears the Allen (Texas) High football program remains superior to Katy (Texas) in more than just Prep Rally's weekly Poll Championship Series.
According to multiple reports from Houston, voters in Katy decided Tuesday to reject a bond package that would have cleared a path for the most expensive stadium project in prep sports history. Prep Rally detailed the $70 million project last week.
"This defeat shows that this Katy ISD administration and school board have become institutionally arrogant," education advocate George Scott told the Houston Chronicle. "They lost sight of the fact that people in the community are dedicated to public education but also care about spending money wisely. This was simply the worst structured bond I have seen in my entire professional career."
As a result, Allen's $60 million stadium unveiled in 2012 remains the nation's most grandiose. The vote in Katy failed by a margin of just 1,553 votes (9,011-7,458).
Whether or not this slows what had appeared an inexorable drive toward bigger, more expensive prep stadiums in Texas remains to be seen. Frisco last year unveiled plans for a domed indoor stadium that will be used both for games for the town's high school football teams and practices for the Dallas Cowboys.
Still, that Frisco stadium wouldn't have competed with the facilities in Allen or the one planned for Katy, which now heads back to the drawing board.
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