Frisco ISD voters cast ballots this month in the District’s Tax Ratification Election, with the final day of voting on Election Day this Saturday, August 27.
With 58 percent of the vote, voters chose not to ratify the higher tax rate of $1.59 approved by the School Board in May. This effectively rolls back the tax rate to its previous $1.46 per $100 of valuation.
The revenue generated by the proposed 13-cent increase would have supported day-to-day operations of the school district and allowed FISD to control rising class sizes, hire additional teachers and staff to meet the needs of growth and compete with area school districts to attract and retain the best educators.
In a letter to faculty and staff Sunday, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jeremy Lyon, along with members of the Frisco ISD Board of Trustees, expressed their disappointment with the vote, but also their respect for the outcome.
“People move here and stay here, many at great sacrifices, to have their children with you each day,” Dr. Lyon and trustees wrote to staff. “FISD is special because of everyone here and that doesn’t change because of an election.
“We are proud to serve the students of FISD with all of you. The significance of what goes on in your classrooms and in your cafeterias, on your buses and in your cubicles, rises above all the rhetoric and transcends politics.
“We will roll up our sleeves and work to protect student programs and opportunities with reduced funding. Budget decisions will be made transparently and with many opportunities for input. The process will unite, not divide.
"Things will look different, but our students of FISD are depending on us and we will not let them down. We will not look back on this as a time of loss but a time when we came together. We will move forward together starting today.”