Four brand new Frisco schools scheduled to open next month will remain closed until August 2018 due to lack of funds to pay hundreds of new teachers. Surrounding schools may be overcrowded this year with the delay of one year on these four new schools. The schools are Memorial High School, Lawler Middle School, Talley Elementary and Liscano Elementary.
Keeping that close-knit feeling in Frisco is becoming increasingly difficult as some residents push back against the rampant growth. In Frisco ISD, one of the fastest growing school districts in the nation, voters rejected a 13-cent property tax rate hike last August to help fund operations. This tax ratification election was an effort to recoup losses in state funding. But critics believed the district was asking for more money that it needed. Many didn't want the higher tax bills. Community members and district staff spent months figuring out how to make do with the revenue available. Among the tough choices: keeping four new schools closed for a year rather than pay for the added staff to operate them. The district also passed along some costs to parents, such as parking fees for high school drivers and annual fees for athletic participation.
- Dallas Morning News, June 30, 2017