Frisco ISD adds positions, classroom supplies stipend with TRE funds

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With the additional funds expected through Frisco ISD’s tax ratification election the district is adding 80 new positions as well as investing in new technology and adding a classroom supplies stipend.

FISD board of trustees approved amending the 2018-19 budget during the Dec. 10 meeting to allow for the additional expenses.

To reduce class sizes the district is opening 75 new teaching positions. The new positions are expected to cost $4.5 million.

“We may not fill all 75,” FISD Chief Financial Officer Kimberly Smith said. “It’s just making them available so … we can meaningfully impact class sizes K-12.”

Along with the new teaching positions the district is creating a classroom supplies stipend for teachers, teacher facilitators and librarians to spend on supplies. Each of these employees would be given $250 a year for new supplies. The stipend is expected to cost $1 million annually.

FISD is also adding five technology support positions, which is expected to cost $205,000.

For schools scheduled to receive new technology this summer, the district is allocating $875,000 for additional technology. Also, robotics kits for middle and elementary school programs will be purchased and are expected to cost $285,000.

The budget changes are being funded through the district’s increased maintenance and operations tax rate of $1.17, which voters approved in the Nov. 6 general election. The increased rate is expected to bring in an additional $35 million in operational funds this fiscal year.

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Lindsey has been involved in newspapers in some form since high school. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2014 with a degree in Journalism. While attending UTA, she worked for The Shorthorn, the university's award-winning student newspaper. She was hired as Community Impact Newspaper's first Frisco reporter in 2014. Less than a year later, she took over as the editor of the Frisco edition. Since then, she has covered a variety of topics and issues important to the community, including the city's affordable housing shortage, the state's controversial A-F school accountability system and the city's "Bury the Lines" efforts.
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