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Frisco ISD eNewsletter

Feb 17, 2017

Frisco ISD Considers Ideas to Balance the Budget

Two internal groups are weighing the benefits and drawbacks of more than 50 budget recommendations offered recently by staff, community and School Board members.

Members of the Board-appointed Stakeholder Committee have been working alongside trustees and District staff since last fall to develop ideas for cutting costs and generating revenue.

“Our collective hope was that we would design a process that would bring the community together to identify our priorities as a school district, to recognize the strengths and weaknesses that we have and to arrive and land on our feet with a balanced budget,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jeremy Lyon. “That is exactly what has transpired over the last few months.”

The District will present a final list of recommendations for consideration by the School Board in April, with adoption of the 2017-18 budget slated for June.


Districts of Innovation Paves the Way for 2017-18 School Calendar

The Frisco ISD Board of Trustees approved a Local Innovation Plan this week, putting FISD on a growing list of Texas school districts who’ve become Districts of Innovation. The designation was created by the Texas Legislature and allows districts to access most of the flexibilities available to charter schools under state law.

The plan exempts Frisco ISD from state requirements regarding the school start date, designation of campus behavior coordinator and minutes of instruction at the Pre-Kindergarten level. That allowed trustees to approve the 2017-18 school calendar with a school start date of August 21.


Academics, Safety and Fiscal Responsibility Shine in State Report

Frisco ISD students lead the way on End-of-Course exams and completion of Advanced Placement (AP) and dual credit courses, according to the Texas Education Agency’s annual Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR).

In the five End-of-Course exams – English I, English II, Algebra I, Biology and U.S. History – administered during the 2015-16 school year, FISD students scored almost 18 percent higher than the state average.

Additionally, FISD employs a higher percentage of teachers than most districts in Texas, with six percent more funding going to the classroom than the state average.


Swimmers and Divers Compete This Weekend at State

More than 70 FISD student-athletes from eight high schools qualified to compete at the UIL Swimming & Diving State Meet today and tomorrow in Austin.

Frisco ISD has a great opportunity to have multiple top finishers, and Wakeland High School Coach Melissa Howard will be honored as the 2016 State Coach of the Year for Boys Swimming and Diving.

The preliminary round begins at 5:30 this evening, while the finals are Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Best of luck to our students!


Trustees Formally Call School Board Election for May 6

The Frisco ISD Board of Trustees approved an order of election at Monday's Board meeting, formally calling an election to fill Places 4 and 5 on the School Board. Board members are elected at-large by the citizens in FISD to three-year, staggered terms.

The election will be held Saturday, May 6. You must register to vote by April 6. So far, six candidates have filed for a place on the ballot, including both incumbents.


Student Artwork Selected for Youth Art Month Exhibit

Four Frisco ISD students will have their artwork featured in Austin as part of the state-wide celebration of National Youth Art Month, celebrated annually each March by the Texas Art Education Association.

Each year, districts from across the state submit artwork made by Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade student artists to be selected for exhibition at the Texas State Capitol Building and Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum.

Congratulations to Yunbeen Bae of Reedy High School, Bethany Jones of Heritage High School, Darci Massey of Lone Star High School and Jerry Zhang of Curtsinger Elementary School, who will all have their work displayed as part of the exhibit.


FISD to Engage Religious Leaders During Breakfast Event

Help Frisco ISD spread the word – faith-based leaders from local churches, temples, mosques and synagogues are invited to attend breakfast with District leaders on Thursday, March 16.

The event is an opportunity to create contacts and connections and to learn more about the many faiths and cultures represented in our community. FISD will serve a light breakfast, share information about the District and answer any questions.

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