On February 9th the Frisco
The cub scouts opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Frisco ISD welcomed it’s 50,000th student into the district. Kylee, a second grader, moved with her mom from Leander, TX to be closer to family.
The first testimony came from a moth concerned over a cell phone tower locations near a middle school due to radio frequency radiation.
A clearly upset father spoke on students being forced to move from Wakeland to Lone Star.
The largest agenda of the night was the naming of Lebanon High School, Frisco’s new school opening in 2016.
One concern was over parents not being involved in the naming process.
A district father, Robert Mays, believes the name did not represent the American ideals represented by other schools such as Heritage, Independence, Centennial, and Liberty. He says the group he is with would like to have offered the name Freedom High School had they known the process.
In an attempt to reach middle ground he also offered changing it from Lebanon Community to Lebanon Trails or Lebanon Memorial.
One father that is disappointed in the new name praised the board for thinking outside the box on other schools such as Liberty instead of naming them after a person or an area.
Amber, a seventh grader at Clark Middle in FISD testified that she would like to have the kids in the the community have a say in the name possibly by choosing from a list the board approved.
Tony Felker came to represent the Frisco Chamber of Commerce to encourage the board in their support of burying the new electric lines coming to Frisco.
After the close of public testimony the board heard presentations on the two day organization session for the Strategic Planning Committee that is being formed to plan the future of Frisco ISD over the next decade.
The consent agenda was approved with a highlight of the district saving $1.5 million from what had previously been stated for the 2014 bond.
The next item on the agenda was a resolution to participate in the discussion of the new transmission lines. It was pointed out that building of lines is socialized across the state so that when Houston builds lines that is partially paid for by Texans in Lubbock and so forth.
The school board can be considered an “intervener” on the issue because of the proximity of the lines that would be built on Stonebrook to school property. If the lines are built down Main Street, as the city is seeking, the school districts input would not be considered as strongly.
The school board unanimously voted to adopt the resolution to promote burying the lines.
The board named Lee Lewis Construction manager for construction of “High School 10” and then went over designs.
Elementary School 39 in Northern Little Elm was named Coy Miller after a former school board member.
Elementary School 40 was named for Jimmy and Sammy Vaughn.
Middle School 16 was named after Dr. Debra Nelson, retired Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction.
High School 10 was named Memorial High School to honor fallen men and women. The recommendation was made to create a memorial with the names of Frisco veterans at the entrance. The board discussed renaming Memorial Stadium in the future to avoid confusion.
The Frisco ISD Natatorium (the public swimming pool) was named after Coach Bruce Eubanks. This was applauded by the audience.
Lebanon High School was renamed Lebanon Trail High School to better represent the community. Opposition was heard from the audience.
A special election was called for Place 3 for May 9th.
The Superintendent Lyon’s contract was extended as well as other contracts.
Principles were recommended and approved for 2015-2016 school years.
Public Hearing for Texas Academic Performance Report was held and discussed.
88% of FISD’s budget goes to salary.
Frisco ISD was well represented in the Texas Academic Decathlon. Superintendent Lyon discussed that they are in need of corporate funding to properly expand and include the number of students desiring to participate.
Representatives from FISD were in Washington recently and were able to meet with the area Congressmen and an aide from Sen. Cornyn’s office.
The FISD School Board next meets on February 17th from 5-8 p.m. for a special team building meeting.
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