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Frisco ISD eNewsletter: June 30, 2017

Jun 30, 2017

Savings Strategies Result in Balanced 2017-18 Budget

The Board of Trustees approved a 2017-18 budget this month that prioritizes the long-term sustainability of the District, while incorporating strategies that have limited or no impact on student learning.

The $473.5 million budget is the result of months of work by employees, parents and citizens who examined previous practices and spending. It includes a two percent pay raise for employees, as well as nearly 60 recommendations to reduce costs and generate additional revenue.

The budget is based on a projected enrollment of 58,687 students, as well as a tax rate of $1.46 per $100 valuation, the same since 2012.


FISD Insight Provides Perspective on District Operations

How does Frisco ISD educate a student, feed a student, transport a student, communicate with parents and make decisions that affect the community and taxpayers?

The District launched FISD Insight in spring 2017 to shed light on all that goes on behind-the-scenes to get a child from kindergarten to the point that he or she is ready for college or the job market. Participants toured various facilities and spoke with students, staff and trustees to learn more about Frisco ISD academics, athletics, fine arts and technology, as well as unseen, essential areas such as business services, transportation, health services and more.

Some graduates of the inaugural class were able to join School Board members at the June meeting to celebrate their completion of the new outreach program.


Mindbender Academy Doubles Number of Students Served

The Frisco Education Foundation welcomed 800 middle school students, twice the number as past years, to Mindbender Academy at the Career and Technical Education Center over two weeks this month.

The summer camp focusing on science, technology, engineering, art and math was made possible by a number of sponsors including Nokia, CoServ and Raytheon. The goal is to engage students in possible future careers.

“We are so thankful for the businesses and corporations who are willing to work with these young students and help them see how the STEaM fields work and how they can become the technology gurus, engineers and makers of the future,” said Allison Miller, director of the Frisco Education Foundation. “Every one of these adult professionals who is touching the lives of students may have a life-long impact.”


Frisco ISD Print Center Recognized for Workflow Solutions

The Frisco ISD Print, Mail and Sign Center has been honored by Rochester Software Associates (RSA), provider of its digital print workflow software solutions, for efforts to automate processes in the face of tremendous growth.

More centralized printing and online ordering have helped the District streamline operations and save costs, while delivering print jobs to teachers and staff quickly and conveniently.


FISD Boasts HOSA International Champion

Frisco ISD had one first place winner and a handful of top 10 finalists at the HOSA International Leadership Conference held June 21-24 in Orlando.

HOSA is a career and technical student organization dedicated to preparing future leaders in the health and medical field.

Centennial High School student Adil Basha was named the international champion in pathophysiology, with students from Independence, Liberty and Reedy high schools named top 10 international finalists.


Titan Speech and Debate Students Compete at Nationals

Students from Centennial High School advanced to represent Frisco ISD at the National Speech & Debate Tournament held earlier this month in Birmingham, Alabama. More than 4,200 high school students from across the country competed.

Four students placed in the top 15, top 20 and top 50, respectively, in competitive events ranging from extemporaneous commentary to congressional debate.


Frisco ISD to Register Students for Pre-Kindergarten

FISD will host 2017-18 enrollment for incoming pre-kindergarten students July 10-13 at the Early Childhood School. Families are asked to make an appointment to register.

The three-hour daily program is available free of charge for students who are homeless, English language learners, part of a low income or active military family, have lived in foster care in Texas or need special education services.

A limited number of spaces are still available for students who do not qualify to attend for free. The remaining opportunities will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis during the summer registration window.

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