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.