Frisco ISD is moving forward with construction of its 12th high school after putting the project on hold earlier this year.
The District delayed plans to build the new school in May in light of uncertainty related to COVID-19. Now that the new school year has started, the District has a clearer picture of student enrollment and building capacity needs over the next few years.
“We know more now and can look at real numbers,” said Dr. Todd Fouche, deputy superintendent of business and operations. “Even considering no move-ins, we can count those students and show that we don’t have the capacity in Wakeland to help relieve Reedy and Lone Star.”
The Board of Trustees approved a partial guaranteed maximum price Monday for construction of the new school, which will allow dirt and utility work to begin on site this week. This will allow the school to open in 2022 as was previously planned.
The campus will be built northeast of Teel Parkway and Dakotah Road, adjacent to the future PGA headquarters and golf courses. Attendance zones will be drawn in fall 2021 in anticipation of the August 2022 opening.
FISD will rebid various contracts associated with construction of the school in order to achieve the best pricing possible. The contracts were originally bid in March, at the height of uncertainty related to the coronavirus. CORE Construction will continue to serve as general contractor.
Meanwhile, Emerson High School continues to take shape in west McKinney. The new school, located near the intersection of Stacy Road and Collin-McKinney Parkway, is on track to open in August 2021. Attendance zones for the school will be established later this fall.