Frisco ISD eNewsletter: June 24, 2021

Jun 24, 2021

FISD Enters Public-Private Partnership for Performing Arts Center

Frisco ISD will dedicate $43 million in voter-approved bond funds for the construction of a new facility to expand student opportunities in the visual and performing arts. This week, the District joined forces with the City of Frisco and developer Craig Hall to build a performing arts center at Hall Park. Under the agreement, the main performance hall would have 1,250-1,500 seats and be owned by the District. The facility will create more immersive and integrated experiences for the more than 80% of FISD students who participate in the fine arts.


School Board Approves 2021-22 Budget

The Frisco ISD Board of Trustees approved a spending plan this week that prioritizes competitive compensation and funds additional staff to address student growth and class size. The 2021-22 budget includes a $2,150 pay increase for teachers and other staff on the teacher pay scale and a 3% of midpoint raise for all other employees, as well as a special one-time payment in recognition of extraordinary efforts over the past year. The budget is based on an anticipated more than two-cent reduction in the property tax rate, which will be finalized in September. Last week, FISD announced plans to spend federal COVID-19 grant funds on additional academic, mental health and social-emotional supports for students.


2021-22 Student Registration Process Underway

The annual student registration process is underway now, both for new students and those returning to FISD schools in the 2021-22 school year. The District asks that parents complete this online process, regardless of whether their child plans to attend FISD schools in the coming year. In addition to completing the online registration form, annual proof of residency is required and immunization records must be up to date before the start of school.


FISD Retires the Term “Pre-AP,” Rigor Remains the Same

Starting in the 2021-22 school year, Frisco ISD will no longer use the term “Pre-AP” because it is a registered trademark owned by the College Board. Instead, these courses have been renamed using the term “Advanced.” Nothing has changed except for the name of the courses, which have always utilized District-developed curriculum. Advanced classes, like Pre-AP, are open to any students who want to challenge themselves. Courses parallel the general curriculum and incorporate all of the regular standards and essential skills, while taking students’ learning to a deeper level and complexity at a faster pace.


Help Students in Need with Back-to-School Supplies

Frisco ISD needs your help to provide free back-to-school supplies and backpacks to students in need. The District is home to 8,500 students who qualify for free or reduced lunch based on their family income, but as of Monday, only 677 school supply kits and 521 backpacks had been donated. For less than $11, you can purchase a school supply kit for an elementary or secondary school student and add on a backpack for $4.75. Together, we can make sure that all students have a strong start to the 2021-22 school year!

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