FISD board places $775 million bond referendum on May 10 ballot

Frisco ISD residents will decide on a $775 million bond referendum in the May 10 election.

The board on Feb. 10 unanimously agreed to the proposal from district staff and the FISD Citizen's Bond Committee that is $17 million higher than the original $758 million proposal in January.

The additional $17 million is for land purchases, taking that total to $37 million.

Bond committee co-chair Debbie Pasha reminded school board members that the bond committee members recommending the bond are also homeowners and Frisco residents.

"We feel this bond program responsibly answers the need not only now but in the future."

Superintendent Jeremy Lyon said district staff members and the demographics team are sure of their growth projections, and the exponential growth will continue.

"We have a very high degree of assurance that these students will show up, and they will show up," he said.

Lyon said without a bond, within three years there would be schools at greater than 100 percent capacity, and possibly some at 120 or 130 percent capacity. In addition to overcrowding, a lack of funds would mean more rezoning and temporary buildings as well.

Although they have not yet been approved by the board, Frisco ISD staff members are pushing for early voting polling places in every school in the district in an effort to create higher voter turnout than in previous bond elections.

Polling places will be voted on in March.