Frisco ISD eNewsletter: May 19, 2022

May 19, 2022

Congratulations, Class of 2022!

Frisco ISD is excited to celebrate another crop of outstanding students as the school year comes to a close! More than 5,200 seniors - FISD’s largest graduating class ever - will cross the stage starting today at Ford Center at The Star. Among them are students who have distinguished themselves in a number of academic, athletic and fine arts endeavors. From our top graduates to National Merit scholarship winners and many accomplishments in between, this group has a lot to be proud of and we look forward to their continued success in the future. Congratulations and best wishes, Class of 2022!


School Board Welcomes New Trustee, Recount Pending

Elections administrators in Collin and Denton counties will oversee a hand recount this Saturday of Place 2 results in the recent School Board election. After provisional ballots were accounted for, results canvassed this week show Marvin Lowe with a 52-vote lead over incumbent Natalie Hebert, who requested the recount. Trustees issued certificates of election to incumbent Gopal Ponangi and Stephanie Elad, who were elected in Place 1 and Place 3, respectively. Elad took the oath of office Wednesday so that she can participate in an upcoming workshop on the 2022-23 budget prior to the regular June Board meeting. Elad replaces outgoing trustee Chad Rudy, who did not seek reelection.


Board Receives Update on Visual and Performing Arts Center

Frisco ISD leaders will continue discussions with the City of Frisco and developer Craig Hall regarding the planned visual and performing arts center. Findings of a spatial analysis conducted by architects shows the cost of building a facility far exceeds the $67 million previously identified for the project. That figure includes FISD’s contribution of $43 million in bond funds, which was the 2018 estimated cost of a 1,250-seat fine arts facility. The findings confirm neither Frisco ISD nor Frisco community groups have a need for more than 1,500 seats in the main auditorium, but the facility would likely need to have at least 1,500 seats to attract commercial touring groups. A facility with 1,500 seats was estimated to cost $146.1 million on the low end. The District will continue to meet with current partners to define the scope and viability of the project while prioritizing fiscal responsibility.


Students Bring Home Medals from State Track

Frisco ISD student-athletes made another strong showing at the UIL State Track and Field Championships this year, with three students winning their respective events. Hannah Pfiffner of Wakeland won the Class 5A girls high jump title for the second straight year, while Chris Johnson of Liberty won the 5A boys long jump and Kirin Chacchia of Heritage won the girls 300 hurdles. Meanwhile, girls golfers from Centennial, Frisco and Lebanon Trail competed in the state tournament this week, with Centennial's Alisha Rametra leading the way for FISD with a seventh-place finish.

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