Frisco ISD Welcomes 4 New Schools, 600 New Teachers

Four new schools are opening, including Debra Nelson Middle School

The Frisco Independent School District is experiencing quite the growth spurt.

At nearly 57,000 students, it's the fastest-growing school district in Texas. Four new schools open this month to help with overcrowding and 600 new teachers will join the payroll to educate all those kids.

According to Frisco ISD, more than 1,400 new K-12 students were registered during a two-week period last month. The district is expected to add another 3,600 students in the 2016-2017 school year.

The additions of Lebanon Trail High School, Nelson Middle School, Miller Elementary and Vaughn Elementary brings the total number of schools to 68.

"I'm really excited because I feel so supported. I'm not walking into a structure that's already ebbing and flowing," Nelson Middle School teacher Sarah Swanson.

Swanson is a first-year teacher. The University of Texas-Austin graduate will teach English and coach a handful of sports at Nelson.

"I don't feel intimidated by it because I know our leadership has a handle on what they're doing," Swanson said. "Clearly, it has been working well for the growth we have been seeing."

There are 44 new teachers at Nelson Middle School, said principal Mitzi Garner. Six are first-year teachers, nine came from other North Texas school districts and 29 transferred within Frisco ISD.

"We get to set our own tradition. We get to build our own values and our morals," said Deidra Rucker, who left Allen High School after 15 years. "We get to lead these kids in the direction we want to. Everyone gets to have their hand in this growth. We get to be the first ones to say this is how Nelson is going to be."

Four more new schools will be ready for the 2017-2018 school year. Frisco ISD also expects to build another three elementary schools and one high school by 2019.

The construction of new schools are funded under a 2014 bond program.

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