Frisco ISD to Begin Rezoning Process

Nov 05, 2020

The Frisco ISD Board of Trustees will get its first look at proposed attendance boundary modifications for the 2021-22 school year during its next regular meeting on Nov. 9. 

The District demographics team will present a draft attendance zone for the District’s 11th high school, Emerson. The new campus, which is currently under construction at 6300 Collin McKinney Parkway in McKinney, will open in fall 2021 with grades 9-10. 

Additional changes will be proposed at the elementary and high school levels to effectively utilize space, balance enrollment in existing schools and promote student opportunity. 

Two elementary campuses, Liscano and Nichols, exceeded capacity during the 2019-20 school year, with new students enrolling at nearby schools instead. Modifications will be needed in these areas to relieve both campuses.

Although a large portion of FISD students continue to learn from home amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the District must plan for all students’ eventual return to on-campus learning while keeping a close eye on enrollment trends, projections and impacts from the pandemic. 

As of Oct. 30, total student enrollment in Frisco ISD was 63,533 students, an increase of more than 800 students over the same time last school year. While enrollment has increased overall, the District is seeing lower than anticipated growth and enrollment is down slightly at the elementary level, which is consistent with the trend being seen across the state and country as a result of COVID-19.

Enrollment continues to increase at the middle and high school level, leading to an influx of secondary students as opposed to elementary students. This changing demographic requires FISD to maximize the utilization of open capacity at existing schools and to take a prudent approach with regard to new school construction. 

The timeline for this year’s rezoning process was delayed a few weeks compared to past years in order to provide more time for the District to monitor current trends and receive updated enrollment projections.

After Monday’s initial presentation of the proposed zoning changes, impacted families will be contacted via email. An opportunity for public comment regarding attendance zones will be provided during a special Board meeting starting at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 1, with a final decision expected on Dec. 14. 

Click here to learn more about attendance boundary modifications in Frisco ISD. 

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