Frisco ISD students are returning to campuses with a number of recently completed renovations and upgrades. The projects were funded through the District’s 2018 bond program.
The most significant changes are at Curtsinger and Smith elementary schools, where some interior spaces were redesigned to be more open and flexible to different types of learning. The campuses, which are among the oldest in the District, also received new LED lighting and cosmetic upgrades, similar to improvements at Rogers, Anderson and Christie elementary schools in recent years.
Curtsinger and Smith are also among the FISD campuses to receive new, flexible seating to replace worn and dated furniture in classrooms, collaborative spaces, the cafeteria and front office. Lightweight and easy to move, the new furniture can be quickly configured and reconfigured to promote collaboration and meet learning goals. Other campuses receiving new furniture this year include:
Centennial High School
Shawnee Trail Elementary
Meanwhile, Liberty and Wakeland high schools received upgraded lighting and sound systems in the auditorium, along with new sound systems in the gym and cafeteria.
Many other campuses received fresh paint, carpet, roofing or heating and cooling improvements as part of the District’s regular summer maintenance program. Resurfacing also took place at a handful of athletic tracks and tennis courts.
Bond funds also continue to increase access to technology for students at all levels, providing more opportunities for personalized learning.
In addition to renovations at existing facilities, technology and other capital expenditures, bond funds also support new school construction and land purchases.
FISD’s newest campus, Emerson High School, opened its doors this week. The school, which is the District’s 11th high school, is located in McKinney and serves freshmen and sophomores who live east of Custer Road. It will add a grade level each year until it serves grades 9-12 like other FISD high schools.
Emerson was funded with 2014 bond funds and relieves nearby campuses, helping to to ensure enrollment at all FISD high schools remains below the University Interscholastic League (UIL) cutoff for 5A schools, which has been a continued priority expressed by the community to ensure a wealth of opportunities and experiences for students.
Construction crews are also putting the finishing touches this fall on a new swimming and diving facility adjacent to Bruce Eubanks Natatorium. The supplemental swimming facility will double the pool and locker room area currently available to FISD swimming and diving programs, which have grown immensely since the original natatorium opened in the fall of 2003 – as the District opened its second high school.
Two new schools, Panther Creek High School and Minett Elementary, are currently under construction and will open next year in northwest Frisco near the new PGA headquarters and golf courses. Attendance boundaries will be set later this fall.
The District is also planning to construct its 18th middle school in the same area. Design work has been ongoing, with construction expected to begin later this year on property just north of the Panther Creek High School site. The campus is expected to open in 2023.
Also opening in 2023 will be the District’s first intermediate school serving students in grades 5 and 6. As presented to the Bond Oversight Subcommittee, the new intermediate campus will be paid for using funds allocated for a middle school under the District’s 2018 bond program. Construction is expected to begin later this year in McKinney’s Craig Ranch community.
Planning also continues on two exciting projects that will serve students across the District: a new fine arts facility and annex to the Career and Technical Education Center. In June, FISD entered into an agreement with the City of Frisco and developer Craig Hall to build a performing arts center at Hall Park. The District is continuing to evaluate programming needs for the CTE expansion with hopes that the project can be complete for the 2024-25 school year.