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School Board to Weigh 2017-18 Budget and Superintendent Search

Apr 10, 2017

Frisco ISD trustees will look to the future Monday night, as they discuss next year’s school budget and a replacement for retiring Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Lyon.

The regularly-scheduled portion of today's School Board meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at the FISD Administration Building, 5515 Ohio Drive in Frisco. It will be streamed live online at http://friscoisdtx.swagit.com/live

District staff will give trustees the first glimpse into the proposed budget for the 2017-18 school year, focused – in large part – on feedback from community and staff leaders through FISD's Priorities-Based Budget (PBB) process. Committees were formed in September to give parents, staff and community members the opportunity to help FISD better align priorities with spending.

“This is step one of the budgeting process for next school year,” said Dr. Jeremy Lyon, superintendent of schools. “What you will hear tonight is a culmination of one-year’s body of work. We gave citizens and staff members an extremely challenging task and they embraced it. This in-depth look at their recommendations will provide valuable insight as we present the proposed budget next month.”

For the past eight months, members of the Stakeholder Committee and internal Working Group have partnered with FISD's Finance Department to analyze cost-saving and revenue-generating strategies in an effort to close a multi-million dollar funding shortfall. The District has maintained one of the lowest tax rates in the area for years, despite absorbing more than $100 million in funding cuts from the state since 2011.

A primary objective embraced by all PBB committee members – whose groups have met more than a dozen times – was to maintain teaching and learning as top priorities of the District. Between April and June, the Board will work with District leaders to finalize the budget. Learn more about the budget development process. 

Earlier in the day, beginning at 2 p.m., trustees will visit with four search firms vying for the opportunity to guide them through the process for selecting a new superintendent of schools. Representatives from Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, Jenny Preston Educational Consulting, Ray & Associates, and Thompson & Horton LLP will share proposals on their services to help replace retiring superintendent Dr. Jeremy Lyon, who is stepping down in June after 31 years in public education – more than four in Frisco ISD.

The afternoon presentations will be conducted in the Board conference room and are open to the public. The School Board is expected to vote Monday night on a firm to assist with their search for a new superintendent of schools.

Also Monday evening, more than 70 students involved with the Academic Decathlon program will be honored for their performance at the state meet earlier this year. All nine FISD high schools competed, with four of those earning top-10 finishes. Students took home more than 50 individual medals. Heritage High School Coach Gabe Fain was also named the Tom Norris Academic Decathlon Coach of the Year for medium-sized schools.

The Frisco Education Foundation and FISD Partners in Education program will also recognize Siemens for their dedication to the academic success of FISD students. The company makes their engineering and design software available for free to students and recently sponsored a Greenpower electric car program at Scoggins Middle School. Scoggins students built two cars through a grant awarded by FEF and funded by Siemens. The project enhanced hands-on learning opportunities for students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Click here to view the full Board meeting agenda.

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