District Thrives With Community Engagement

Frisco ISD is developing a Community-Based Accountability System (CBAS) with the help of community members and staff on the Long-Range Planning Committee (LRPC). Each week through October 2, the District will provide information about each of the seven CBAS pillars. A catalog of these pillars can be found on the CBAS website as they are published. 

Community Engagement and Partnerships

CBAS Circle of Seven Pillars.Frisco ISD wants to ensure that local citizens and businesses are provided the opportunity to create a meaningful, integral difference in the lives of students. Through the involvement of individuals, groups, and businesses, the success of the school district is truly a success of the community.

The Community-Based Accountability System Community Engagement and Partnerships sub-committee worked together over the 2018-19 school year to determine what success looks like for Frisco ISD. This sub-committee determined that through public engagement and collaboration, students of all ages and abilities will find meaningful success. 

“Community engagement and partnerships are massively important because our District has such a huge impact on the community and vice versa,” said Sherrie Salas, Frisco ISD parent and Community Engagement and Partnerships sub-committee member. “Binding the relationships is extremely important.” 

2019 Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon.While FISD is currently in the process of developing a CBAS with District-level data, the goal is to provide each campus the opportunity to engage their community in creating a CBAS report with campus goals based on their needs and values.

“Community members bring a different perspective that the District simply cannot replicate on its own,” said Allison Miller, Frisco ISD director of community relations. “The District cannot work in a silo and through the vital contribution of stakeholders, students and teachers will benefit.”

“Community and business members provide a wealth of input and knowledge about the changing workplace,” Frisco ISD Superintendent Dr. Mike Waldrip said. “We need help as a school system to help prepare kids for their future.”

The community relations department strives to build and foster relationships by actively engaging businesses, groups and individuals. To learn more about how to become a partner in education, volunteer or to sponsor initiatives, click here.

As the sub-committee considered what data they would like the District to provide regarding how the District works to engage the community and partnerships, they considered two key questions:

  • To what degree are community partnerships contributing to student outcomes in our schools?

  • To what degree are parents involved in the school process that supports student learning?

The Community Engagement and Partnerships sub-committee devised dozens of potential data sources for the District to provide in order to demonstrate that students learn and progress year over year. The sub-committee has requested data to answer each question they considered. Evidence samples the sub-committee requested for each question include information on:

To what degree are community partnerships contributing to student outcomes in our schools?

  • Industry partnerships

  • Local governmental partnerships

  • Social service partners

  • Internships/mentorships

  • Fine arts and athletics partnerships

To what degree are parents involved in the school process that supports student learning?

  • Community volunteers

  • Parent information events

  • Elementary, middle and high school transitions

  • Coffee with counselors/principals/Dr. Waldrip

  • Awards nights

While sub-committee members laid out a foundation for information they would like to receive, the District has gathered preliminary data from the 2018-19 school year and will expand and update the data provided to the community in 2020 based on recommendations from the CBAS committee. The following is a sample of evidence that will be provided in relation to the requested data.

Partners In Education Luncheon.To what degree are community partnerships contributing to student outcomes in our schools?

Frisco ISD benefits from a thriving business community that is eager to create long-lasting impacts for students and staff. Many collaborations directly benefit students, such as the 450 students who participated in off-campus physical education in 2018-19.

Community partners in education are honored at the monthly Board of Trustees meeting. The following well-rounded partners were recognized at the 2018-19 meetings:

Baylor Scott and White Sports Performance Center at The Star

  • From the playing field, to the school gym, to the classroom, the staff at Baylor Scott and White Sports Performance Center at the Star are committed to making an impact on youth and staff. They support the District athletics program with a team of physicians and provide a concussion expert at all varsity football games. BSW staff also collaborate with curriculum and instruction, train physical education teachers and provide internship opportunities for high school students.

Careington, Jamba Juice, Launchpad City, the National Breast Cancer Foundation and Verona Villa

  • These businesses were recognized for providing Internships for 14 Frisco ISD students in the summer of 2018. Students learned about operations, business and the culture of the organization through which they completed their internship.

The American Legion Post Peter Jay Courcy 178

  • Post 178 sponsors FISD students through the Texas Boys State and Texas Girls State program. Students learn about local, county and state governments at a weeklong camp at the state capitol. As of the summer of 2018, Post 178 had sent 83 Frisco ISD students to Austin to learn about the duties and responsibilities of citizenship.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8273

  • Post 8273 consists of United States Armed Forces veterans who seek to enhance lives through community service programs and projects. Through the Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition, Patriots Pen Essay contest and a scholarship presented at the FEF Scholarship night, Post 8273 continues to make a difference in the lives of students each year.

FEF 20 years image with data.Frisco Education Foundation

  • For the past 20 years, the Frisco Education Foundation (FEF) has existed solely to benefit the students and staff of Frisco Independent School District. By providing financial resources that maximize student potential, the FEF continues to leave an indelible stamp on the lives of children.

Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, Clothe a Child, Frisco Family Services, Frisco FastPacs, First Baptist Church Frisco, The Frisco Giving Tree, Grace Avenue United Methodist Church, Jan Richey Realtor Group, Lovepacs, MTO School of Islamic Sufism, Preston Trail Community Church, Replenish School Supplies, Sharp Shoes and Small World’s Angel Program  

  • The above organizations go above and beyond to meet the needs of students throughout the District. By providing resources to help bridge gaps with food insecurity, clothing, school supplies and other emergency needs, no child in FISD goes without support. 


  • At the January 2019 Board meeting, CoServ presented Frisco ISD with a check for $157,932.98, the District's annual capital credits payment for being a member of the electric cooperative. Beyond member benefits, Coserv often steps up with donations and other support when called upon to meet the needs of students and teachers. Staff understand that a strong school district contributes to a strong community.

Baylor Scott and White Medical Center - Frisco, Embassy Suites, IKEA, North Frisco Home Depot and Parsons House Assisted Living

  • These businesses were recognized for the internships they provide to special education students as they transition to adult life. These strategically designed internships provide long term changes in business culture that provide a wide range of jobs in which young adults with disabilities can be successful. Through integrated worksites and job coaches, students are provided social and behavioral skills and self-advocacy opportunities. These partners understand that competitive employment is reachable by learners of all abilities through supportive collaboration.

Cisco, CityVet, Collin College Health Sciences Center, EXOS, Freese and Nichols, Friedman & Feiger, Frisco Roughriders Baseball, Legacy ER, Lundy Marketing Group and Whalen Law Office  

  • These partners were recognized for their collaborative partnership with the Career and Technical Education Center which enables high school students across the District to have real-world hands-on learning opportunities. Although this is not a complete list of partners who support the 30 programs of study at the CTE, these partners were recognized for consistently enhancing the learning environment for a future-ready workforce.

Texas Health Presbyterian Plano

  • Texas Health was recognized for their support of special education students via Special Olympics. They have underwritten the Special Olympics track and field meet for the past two years. Through their partnership, the District Special Olympics team now includes elementary, middle and high school students. Through their financial support, positive, meaningful and memorable experiences have been created for students and staff throughout Frisco ISD. 

The District also partners with AlphaBEST and YMCA to provide after-hours care activities for elementary students. In 2018-19, over 4,000 students participated in AlphaBEST at 42 campuses, while nearly 500 students participated in YMCA programming across 21 campuses.

To what degree are parents involved in the school process that supports student learning?


Community members are invited to volunteer on individual campuses or to support district wide programs. In 2018-19, the District approved more than 16,800 volunteers and volunteers logged over 43,000 hours of support through App-Garden, the District volunteer tracker. 

Parents chaperone a number of events in support of student learning, such as the fifth-grade outdoor education program. The outdoor education program is an extension of the school with all classes and activities covering a variety of curriculum-based subjects areas. All elementary schools attend one of five facilities between September and December. Parent volunteers supported administration at these camps in 2018-19:

  • Pine Cove - 33 campuses attended

  • Sky Ranch - 4 campuses attended

  • Collin County Adventure Camp - 1 campus attended

  • Camp JOLT - 1 campus attended 

  • Allaso Ranch - 3 campuses attended

Frisco ISD requires background checks for volunteers. Individuals interested in volunteering their time, should apply here.

Parents Explore the Lending LibraryParent Sanctuary and Lending Library

The Special Education Department has a Parent Sanctuary and Lending Library where parents can borrow and access resources to help students practice skills at home.

The Parent Sanctuary and Lending Library, located at the Early Childhood Center, seeks to support families and classroom teachers by providing information, materials, monthly events and trainings and diversity awareness experiences for classrooms and staff.

“Studies show that when parents are engaged and volunteering, their children do significantly better,” said Colleen Kugler, Frisco ISD special education in-home and parent trainer.

Last school year, 255 parents of students of all ages received support from the Parent Sanctuary and Lending Library, and the District hopes to double this number in the next school year.  The evening parent trainings average 40 parents, although the annual meet and greet typically has the largest draw with about 80 attendees last year. The daytime trainings average about 26 parents each month. 

Information on special education parents trainings can be found here.


Parents and community members are also invited to provide meaningful feedback through service on various committees. District committees include:

  • District Improvement Team

  • Diversity Task Force

  • Legislative Leadership Committee

  • Long-Range Planning Committee

  • School Health Advisory Committee

Those interested in joining District committees, can find information about the individual committees and applications here.

Frisco ISD Council of PTA’s

  • The Frisco ISD Council of PTA’s is a resource for leaders and members. Their valuable partnership helps create a bridge between District administration, the community and the School Board. The PTA Council advocates for public education and have over 25,000 members in the community across the 65 PTAs. As the second largest council in the state, it supports the District through thousands of hours of volunteer time and over $1 million in financial support. Click here to learn more about joining the PTA.

What’s Next for Community Engagement and Partnerships?

In Frisco ISD, learning extends outside the classroom. With the help of the community, the District can continue to prepare students for the future. The District is committed to innovative community partnerships and welcomes ideas on what has worked well in other districts. 

“We strive to make meaningful and impactful community partnerships available to students of all ages and abilities,” said Allison Miller, director of community relations and Frisco Education Foundation. “We want to pair volunteers and mentors with opportunities that match their areas of interest and cultivate a culture of Frisco ISD community champions.”

Thanks to these outstanding volunteers who served on the Community Engagement and Partnerships subcommittee in 2018-19:

Community: Bryan Brickman, Clark Miller, Meaghan Wall, Megan Holland, Melinda Samberson, Phil Lohec, Robert Cox, Sherrie Salas, Srik Gurrapu 

Faculty: Adam Robinson, Anton Bucher, Danielle Frey, Jamaul Pride, Jonathan Lee, Katie Guernsey, Mike Welch, Pam Donelson, Patrick Hawley, Rhonda Clark

District staff and community members are encouraged to use and follow #CantTestThat on various social media platforms to follow how students in Frisco ISD are taught more than what they are tested on each spring.

Click here to learn more about the background behind the Frisco ISD CBAS initiative or go to the official CBAS website where you can find information on each of the individual pillars.

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