Frisco ISD continues to add more students each year than any other school district in Texas. Without additional campuses, existing schools would be become overcrowded, straining staff and other resources and escalating the wear-and-tear of facilities and equipment.
Current enrollment exceeds 56,000 students in 68 schools. Outside demographers project enrollment at build out will be between 71,000 and 81,000 students, with the moderate growth scenario projecting more than 73,000 students by 2026.
New campuses are designed and built according to modern building and technology standards to promote efficient and cost-effective operations. Cheaper materials would increase the total cost of ownership, considering maintenance over the long-term. A Citizens’ Bond Committee also provides feedback on the development of bond packages and receives annual updates regarding the progress of the bond program.
FISD has been committed to a model of high schools with enrollments smaller than others in the area for many years. Elementary and middle schools are consistent in size with other districts across the area and state. Prior to the beginning of major growth in FISD, a group of citizens worked to help develop a plan for the size of secondary schools. The overriding concern was to keep schools small so that students could have opportunities to participate and excel in activities and form meaningful relationships with each other and with the adults in the school. In Frisco ISD, the configuration and size of school chosen was to serve grades 9-12 at a size to house between 1,500 and 1,800 students. Since that time, to provide as much stability as possible, existing high schools have been modified to accommodate up to 2,100 students. This keeps schools small, allows for more growth prior to rezoning and has provided additional capacity in the District equivalent to adding another high school. (Six high schools with 300 student additions serves 1,800 more students). The District would not deviate from this model of smaller high schools without thorough engagement and conversation with parents and citizens, as the 2015 strategic planning process affirmed community support for the current model. Equity between campuses would be an important consideration.
Frisco ISD is planning an in-depth efficiency study of building capacity and facility usage prior to rezoning for the 2018-19 school year to maximize the use of existing campuses. This review will examine enrollment projections and trends regarding which schools are experiencing growth and which are experiencing declining enrollment. Long-term considerations will involve the potential to delay future construction as long as possible and prepare for the eventual build out of the District. This review will examine attendance zones across the District as a whole and set the stage for a larger-scale rezoning effort this fall. FISD anticipates this effort will impact far more families than rezoning for 2017-18, as the District will also be drawing attendance zones for four new schools.