Frisco ISD could delay the opening of new schools

- Frisco ISD school leaders discussed a possible quick fix to the district's $30 million budget deficit for next school year.

Board members were told that in order to cut millions from its budget, the district would have to delay the opening of four schools currently under construction. Freezing salaries for teachers was also in the proposal.

The delayed opening and salary freeze would save them roughly $18 million. The rest would include a long list of permanent cost-saving strategies.

“It's never ideal, but these are the things we're taking some steps at a time so these are the things that right now moving forward in the school year for 2017-2018,” said Board President Anne McCausland

Students who would have gone to the new schools will be placed in existing schools, potentially increasing class sizes.

A 13-cent property tax increase was voted down by Frisco taxpayers this summer. And because the district started making plans before the vote, there's a $30 million dollar hole to fill.

Board members will take a final vote on the proposal next Monday.

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