Catherine Ross, NBC 5 Collin County Reporter
The Frisco Independent School District is under construction in preparation for an increase in its student population this upcoming school year.
After spending $20 million to expand and renovate Frisco High School this summer, the school district is talking about the other projects it has in the works to accommodate growth.
The Frisco Independent School District has two more high schools, a middle school and at least three elementary schools under design or construction.
“It’s always the summer of construction when you’re in Frisco ISD,” said Dr. Jeremy Lyon. “When you grow by 3,000 students per year, you’re essentially opening up a new district every year!”
This summer, two high schools, one middle school and three elementary schools in Frisco ISD are under construction or, at the very least, in planning stages.
The district is also planning a bond election proposal for the spring, which may include more schools.
This year, Frisco ISD capped enrollment at four of its 33 elementary schools, meaning the schools are too full to accept new students and incoming families will be allowed to enroll at other nearby district schools.
However, Lyon says they’re soon expecting to hit the 62,000 student mark.
“That’s 17,000 more students in a relatively short time, five to seven years,” he said.
The district, he added, is planning for so many schools because of its goal to keep class sizes overall school size on the small side.
“We are building a lot of smaller schools,” Lyon said.
The new high schools are being planned for about 2,100 students, or what Lyon says, according to University Interscholastic League standards, would be 4A schools. He says the idea is to encourage participation and discourage the idea that a student could get lost in a larger pool of peers.
Frisco ISD hopes to live out its recently adopted a new mission statement, to “know every student by name and need."