FRISCO, Texas - The Frisco Independent School District in Collin County is trying to keep up with growth by hiring new teachers and building new schools.
In fact, Frisco has been labeled Texas’ fastest growing school district. Four new schools are opening this year – Lebanon Trail High School, Nelson Middle School, Miller Elementary and Vaughn Elementary schools.
The schools were funded by a 2014 bond program, but this month tax payers will be asked to vote on an increase in property taxes to help fund the day to day operations of the district. District leaders said they anticipate 3,600 new students this year and they’ve had to hire more than 600 new teachers.
“We’ve hired all the teachers we need now, but in Frisco the students never stop coming. So we will enroll new students and every day as we get into the school year, which inevitably means we are hiring teachers through September and October,” said Dr. Jeremy Lyon, the superintendent for Frisco ISD.
The district currently has a total of 68 campuses.
“What we want in every one of our schools is a size of school and a size of class that allows relationships between peers, between teachers and students, between the people who run the campus. That’s what we are about as a school district,” Lyon said.
It’s also an exciting year for the district’s football teams. They’ll get to use the Cowboys’ new indoor practice facility called The Star. Independence High School head football coach Kyle Story said his players are pumped.
“Knowing that we get to be the first team to play in there, they’re excited about that and they’ll be a part of history, you know. The excitement and the electricity in there has just been amazing,” he said.
All eight high schools will kick off their seasons with games at the facility on Aug. 27. The dome seats 12,000 fans and tickets for that day are already sold out.