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Frisco ISD eNewsletter

Apr 07, 2017

District Leaders to Present 2017-18 Budget Recommendations

Frisco ISD leaders will offer dozens of cost-savings strategies to School Board members for consideration, as the District works to prepare the 2017-18 budget.

The Priorities-Based Budget Steering Committee has worked with trustees, parents, staff and citizens since last fall to identify ways to raise revenue and close a multi-million-dollar shortfall.

“We’ve gotten a lot of great ideas and feedback throughout this process,” said School Board President Anne McCausland. “I look forward to continuing to work together to make the best possible decisions for our students, teachers and community.”

The budget presentation will occur during the regularly-scheduled portion of Monday’s School Board meeting, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at the FISD Administration Building.


School Board Narrows Choices to Assist in Superintendent Search

Trustees will hear from four search firms Monday afternoon seeking to guide the District through the process to replace current Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Lyon, who is retiring in June.

School Board members are considering both Texas-based and national firms, including Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates of Illinois, Jenny Preston Educational Consulting of Fairview, Ray & Associates of Iowa and Thompson & Horton LLP of Houston.

Each group will present proposals to the Board in open session from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday. A decision is expected later that evening.


Bus Drivers Earn National Recognition – Twice – for Safety

Two Frisco ISD bus drivers have won consecutive national titles in a competition testing their written, behind-the-wheel and on-board skills.

Transportation employees Cherie Daniels and Chris Lowery took first place in the Transporting Students with Disabilities & Preschoolers (TSD) Special Needs Roadeo in March, a contest they also won in spring 2016.

The competition challenges driver and attendant teams to show off their precision driving, pre-trip inspection, child safety seat installation and emergency evacuation skills, as well as an understanding of the different conditions and behavioral implications for students with special needs.


Elementary Principal Honored Among the Best in Texas

Isbell Elementary Principal Serita Dodson is one of eight principals from across the state selected as Texas National Distinguished Principal (NDP) finalists by the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA).

The program honors principals who exhibit extraordinary leadership, commitment to their students and staff, service to their communities and contributions to the profession, including professional associations.

Dodson has been principal of Isbell since 2012 and will move to Bright Elementary in the 2017-18 school year.


Students Shine at Science and Engineering Fairs

A student from Maus Middle School took third place in the Texas State Science and Engineering Fair last weekend in San Antonio. Eighth grader Sasha Luich was recognized in the Environmental Science category for her project on residential windmills.

Frisco ISD advanced a total of 17 student projects to the competition, after a fantastic showing at the Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair in February. Carter Smith, a seventh grade student from Pearson Middle School, earned a Grand Prize in the Junior Division for Life Sciences at the regional competition, the highest honor awarded at that fair.


Parenting Event Focuses on Online Safety

Are you an Internet-savvy parent? Even if you think the answer is yes, there are probably a few things you could learn to help keep your child safe online.

Frisco ISD will host #ParentTechie: Your Child and the Digital World on Tuesday, May 2 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the FISD Administration Building, 5515 Ohio Drive. The free parenting seminar will feature information on digital citizenship, the legal consequences of social media misuse and other relevant cyber information.


FISD Takes Older Residents on Tour of Three Schools

Frisco ISD welcomed nearly 50 residents aged 55 and older for this year’s Senior Bus Tour.

Participants visited classes, talked to students and teachers and were exposed to science, math, reading, writing, art and music classes.

The tour is an annual opportunity for seniors to experience public education first-hand and learn about District operations and the opportunities available to students.

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