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Frisco ISD is one of a small number of Texas districts that will receive supplemental ESSER funds in the 2021-22 and 2022-23 school years as a result of HB 1525, passed by the Texas Legislature in spring 2021 to provide additional COVID-19 relief to school districts that were allocated little to no federal ESSER funds due to a low percentage of Title I students. These funds are separate from the District’s ESSER III allocation, which is detailed here.

ESSER Supplemental Spending Plan

The Texas Legislature authorized under TEC Section 29.930 as added by House Bill 1525, 87th Legislature, Regular Session, a portion of the state’s discretionary ESSER III funding to provide additional resources to pay for unreimbursed costs due to the coronavirus pandemic and for intensive educational supports for students not performing satisfactorily. A small number of school systems that have more direct COVID-19 related expenses and/or projected costs for learning recovery than they will receive under CRRSA ESSER II and ARP ESSER III formula funding are eligible to receive the supplemental grant funds appropriated by the Legislature. These funds are known as the Supplemental ESSER (ESSER-SUPP) Grant Program. Eligible school districts apply for funds and are awarded an entitlement based on a formula established by the Legislature. Frisco ISD’s entitlement is $36,776,400. This preliminary spending plan was used to determine a budget and apply for the grant funds.

At least 62.5% of these funds must be spent for academic enrichment activities. The period of availability of ESSER-SUPP funding extends to August 31, 2023. Since these are temporary funds, our spending plan includes an exit strategy for each proposed solution. Note that a small portion of our entitlement has been held back from this plan as we continue to evaluate the areas of greatest need. This plan will be amended periodically to reflect changes in our spending plan. 

Preliminary Spending Plan

Academic Enrichment Activities
Planned Use of Funds Approximate
2-year Cost
Exit Strategy
Temporary Online Learning for students not eligible for vaccination  $8,235,000 Programs are temporary and will be phased out prior to the end of the period of availability.
Curriculum writing and professional development $800,000 These costs will be supplanted from the General Fund budget and will return to the General Fund at the end of the period of availability.
Additional staff to support the transition of students from online to in-person programs
$525,000
Positions will be phased out over the period of availability through attrition.
Differentiated instructional programs
$2,375,000
Costs are temporary and can be phased out at the end of the period of availability. If effective, we will consider including these programs in a future General Fund budget.
Accelerated instruction and expanded summer programming
$350,000  Services will be contracted and can be terminated at the end of the period of availability.
Tracking student attendance and improving student engagement in distance education
$150,000  Costs are temporary and will be phased out over the period of availability. 
Staff and other support needed to ensure continuity of services and appropriate class sizes
$8,000,000 These costs will be supplanted from the General Fund budget and will return to the General Fund at the end of the period of availability. 
Administering high quality assessments and analyzing assessment data $850,000 These costs will be supplanted from the General Fund budget and will return to the General Fund at the end of the period of availability.
Other Planned Uses of Funds
Planned Use of Funds Approximate
2-year Cost
Exit Strategy
Behavioral and mental health resources for staff  $1,000,000 Costs are temporary and can be phased out at the end of the period of availability. If effective, we will consider including these programs in a future General Fund budget.
Employee incentive payments $3,500,000 Costs are temporary and will be phased out over the period of availability.
MERV-13 air filters
$750,000
These costs will be supplanted from the General Fund budget and will return to the General Fund at the end of the period of availability.
Staff to support ESSER and other COVID-19 grant programs
$200,000
Positions will be phased out over the period of availability through attrition.
Recruitment and retention strategies
$150,000 Costs are temporary and will be phased out over the period of availability.
Indirect costs
$4,900,000 Costs are temporary and will be phased out over the period of availability. 

Comments & Questions

If you would like to provide public feedback or have questions regarding the District's ESSER spending plan, please contact our Grants and Compliance Department

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