The newest Frisco ISD middle school and intermediate school can now be referred to by their official names.
At December’s regular Board meeting, trustees agreed to name the campuses Shana K. Wortham Intermediate School and Richard Wilkinson Middle School based on the recommendation of the FISD school naming committee that is made up of several community members.
Wilkinson and Wortham were strong leaders during a period of incredible growth in the community, shaping many of the processes that remain in place today. As professionals, they were known for exploring new ways to make the District a better place for future generations. Day in and day out, their passion showed to everyone around them in everything they did.
Wilkinson Middle and Wortham Intermediate will open in the fall of 2023, with attendance zones established in the fall of 2022.
Richard Wilkinson Middle School
Richard Wilkinson Middle School will begin construction in 2022 at the northwest corner of PGA Parkway and Championship Drive, across the street from Panther Creek High School.
The campus is named for Richard Wilkinson, who worked in education for 36 years, including the final 20 years in Frisco ISD. When Wilkinson started his tenure with Frisco ISD in 1997 as the Executive Director of Business Operations, the school District had 3,715 students and five campuses. When he retired in 2017 as the Deputy Superintendent of Business Services, the District had 58,450 students and 68 campuses.
For each campus that was built, Wilkinson worked furiously behind the scenes negotiating land purchases and solidifying relationships with landowners, the municipalities and the community. When a builder went to the City with a plan for a community, Wilkinson was there as well, ready to see how students would be served by a campus nearby.
Due to the fast growth, there was a great deal of campus construction and the District turned to the community to meet those needs. The citizens of FISD authorized the issuance of schoolhouse bonds through five referendums (1998, 2000, 2003, 2006 and 2014) for a combined total of $2.467 billion ($118 million, $298 million, $478 million, $798 million and $775 million) during Wilkinson’s tenure. These referendums received approval ratings of 95, 96, 89, 72 and 77 percent, indicating the strong support of the community for public education and for meeting the needs of students.
He created the operations side of the District, creating many processes that are still used today when preparing for new campuses. Under his tenure, Wilkinson also helped facilitate many of the partnerships that continue today including Comerica Center, Toyota Stadium and Dr Pepper Ballpark.
Wilkinson Middle School is named for an exemplary servant leader who has left a resounding stamp on Frisco ISD schools.
Wilkinson Middle School will be a two-story campus design that was inspired by input from FISD staff members with an emphasis on creating spaces for collaboration and outdoor learning with flexibility, variety and choice for educators and students. Classrooms will be grouped into academic hubs, with outdoor learning plazas between them. A driving factor in the school’s design is the idea that learning can happen anywhere, so the entire building, including the cafeteria, will serve as a learning tool. Learn more about the design.
As part of the 2018 bond program, Wilkinson Middle School will open in the fall of 2023 with students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades.
Shana K. Wortham Intermediate School
Shana K. Wortham Intermediate School will be constructed between Alma Road and Dr. Kenneth Cooper Park in McKinney’s Craig Ranch community. It will open in the fall of 2023 and exclusively serve students in the fifth and sixth grades.
The school is named after former Executive Director of Communications and Community Relations Shana Wortham, who served Frisco ISD for 19 years in the Communications department and 28 years in education.
Wortham guided the District during a time of monumental growth that included starting the Frisco ISD website and delving into the world of social media with the Frisco ISD Facebook page. She played a pivotal role in the development of the Frisco Education Foundation, which has awarded more than $8.7 million worth of scholarship funds since 1999, when FEF held its first scholarship night. Since that time, more than $1 million has been awarded in grant money to educators to carry out "Great Ideas" in the classroom.
Wortham improved FISD’s efficiency by automating the enrollment process and starting the internal FISD Print Shop. She also established a Partners in Education office and facilitated the dedication of dozens of schools under her tenure.
Wortham was in the third class of Leadership Frisco, a longtime member of Rotary, Texas School Public Relations Association officer and a devoted member of the community. She played a pivotal role in forging a solid relationship with the City of Frisco during a crucial period of growth.
Wortham retired in 2017, but continues to champion Frisco ISD and its initiatives. Wortham grew up in Prosper and her parents were members of Frisco pioneer families. The District is thankful for her commitment to the District and her steadfast leadership during a period of phenomenal growth.
As part of the 2018 bond program, Wortham Intermediate will be the first intermediate school in FISD and will open to fifth and sixth graders in its first year. The campus presents a unique opportunity for Frisco ISD to create an innovative environment tailored to meet the specific needs of this age group.
The three-story campus design incorporates ideas and feedback from District staff, who stressed the need for flexible, open spaces to accommodate active, hands-on learning and future instructional practices. Learn more about the design.