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Frisco ISD eNewsletter: June 16, 2017

Jun 16, 2017

Dr. Mike Waldrip Set to Take Over as Superintendent

It’s official – Dr. Mike Waldrip, current superintendent of Coppell ISD, will replace Dr. Jeremy Lyon as superintendent of schools in Frisco ISD at the beginning of next month. Dr. Waldrip spent 12 years in FISD in various leadership roles before taking the top job in Coppell in 2014.

Dr. Waldrip says he is honored and humbled to lead the District, which is soon to be the third largest in the Metroplex.

“This school district has a strong tradition of providing quality instructional programs to its students and I am very blessed to be able to lead Frisco ISD in that work,” he said. “I am also looking forward to working once again with this community to keep our district strong and on the leading edge of education in Texas.”


School Board Set to Adopt 2017-18 Budget

The Board of Trustees will consider a 2017-18 budget Monday that prioritizes teacher pay and incorporates nearly 60 strategies to reduce costs and generate additional revenue. A public hearing and vote is scheduled during the regular School Board meeting, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Administration Building.

The budget is based on a tax rate adopted earlier this month of $1.46 per $100 valuation, the same since 2012. A tax rate of $1.50 would be needed to maintain the same level of maintenance and operations (M&O) revenue and debt service as last year.


Celebrating a Successful 2016-17 School Year

Frisco ISD continues to be inspired by the outstanding academic, athletic and fine arts achievements of our students.

Don’t miss our recap of top achievements from the 2016-17 school year – including sending an unprecedented nine Academic Decathlon teams to state, crowning the state champion boys’ soccer team from Wakeland High School and recognizing the Clark Middle School band for its acceptance of the national John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler Cup.

Work to build on students’ past successes continues year-round through summer school, staff development and curriculum writing, as we look to push learning to higher and higher levels.


Graduates Cross the Stage at Dr Pepper Arena and Ford Center

Frisco ISD was proud to join family and friends earlier this month in celebrating the tremendous accomplishments of more than 3,000 members of the Class of 2017.

For graduates, it marked the end of a 13-year journey and the beginning of the rest of their lives. For educators, it was an opportunity to say goodbye and reflect on their efforts to instill both academic and life lessons in students.

“There is something each of you is meant to do, build, create, transform or change,” Principal Mark Mimms told Heritage High School graduates. “Contribute to the world the way you have contributed to Heritage High School.”

Miss graduation or want to relive the moment? You can access Frisco ISD graduation ceremonies on-demand for free online.


Get Your Immunizations Before the New School Year!

Frisco ISD will host immunization clinics this summer to assist new and returning students who may be missing required vaccines for the 2017-2018 school year. Clinics for students in grades K-12 will be held July 10-13 at the Early Childhood School in conjunction with Pre-Kindergarten registration.

State law requires school children to be immunized against certain vaccine-preventable diseases. Students cannot go to school without the appropriate documentation for the required vaccines or a valid medical or conscientious exemption.

Plan to join us if your child is missing any required shots or visit your doctor or clinic!


Annual Fundraising Campaign to Benefit Frisco Education Foundation

The non-profit that exists exclusively to benefit Frisco ISD students and staff is hoping to grow its reach in the 2017-18 school year and impact even more students and educators.

The Frisco Education Foundation hopes to raise $100,000 by July 31 through its I’M IN campaign, a fundraising effort aimed at getting community stakeholders – parents, educators, administration and citizens at large – to be INvolved, be INvested and work to INspire INnovation. Funds will provide additional college scholarships, educational programs and classroom grants for Frisco ISD students and teachers.

“The Frisco Education Foundation is grateful for each and every donation. No matter how large or small, it makes a difference,” said Foundation Director Allison Miller. “Our supporters see first-hand how their contributions change lives and benefit student learning.”


District Offices and Most Campuses Closed Fridays Through August

Please note: Frisco ISD is implementing extended hours over a shortened workweek this summer as part of an effort to achieve energy savings.

As a result, all District offices and campuses will be closed on Fridays, now through July 28. The only exceptions include campus locations providing elementary summer school and other special programs, such as AlphaBEST and YMCA.

The District plans to evaluate the savings and feasibility of summer hours to determine if the practice will be continued in future years.

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