Frisco ISD bond proposition passes by a landslide

The Frisco ISD $775 million bond proposition passed by a landslide, garnering more than 76 percent of the total votes cast in Denton and Collin counties.



Of the 3,853 total votes cast in Denton County, residents supported the bond with 77.11 percent of the votes, or 2,971 votes.



Of the 5,789 Collin County votes cast, residents supported the bond with 76.20 percent of the vote, or 4,411 votes.



Buddy Minett, Frisco ISD bond committee co-chairman and Frisco Schools First political action committee co-chairman said he is "pleased with the outcome."



"I think it reinforces what we've always believed—that Frisco ISD residents support the small schools concept we've had throughout the years. I see it as a mandate to proceed as we have in the past," Minett said.



Minett said he thinks opposition from a local PAC, the Responsible Spending Coalition of Texas, as well as outside groups and individuals from Austin and other areas, may have generated more voting activity from supporters.



"For the first time, people saw 'vote no' signs, there were people knocking on doors, emails [against the bond]," he said. Supporters realized it was serious and that influence from outsiders could be changing the way [the vote] came out."



Minett said Frisco ISD needed the bond to pass.



"Having lived here more than 30 years, I've seen what's really important to growth in Frisco and the areas surrounding Frisco," he said. "Education is absolutely paramount."



District officials said the bond money is expected to provide for the needs of the 66,000 total students projected by 2020.



District officials said if the bond did not pass, projections were that middle schools and high schools could be past maximum capacity as early as the 2017–18 school year. Elementary schools could be past capacity as early as the 2018–19 school year.



Nearly 86 percent of the $775 million bond money, or $665.7 million, is earmarked for school and instructional facilities. The bonds are expected to fund 14 new schools (eight elementary, three middle and three high schools) as well as the equipment, books, furniture and technology needed at the schools. That 86 percent also includes $21. 2 million in school additions and $37 million in land purchases.



Another 13.3 percent of the bond package, or $103. 2 million, will go toward instructional and student support services, including technology, renovations/upgrades, school buses, personnel for construction and demographics projects, security and energy management.



The last 6.1 million of the bond package, or 0.8 percent, is earmarked for special programs and support facilities renovations, including Memorial Stadium, the school's bus facilities and storage at the natatorium.



Results are unofficial until they have been canvassed.

By Krista Wadsworth
Krista Wadsworth is the managing editor for Community Impact Newspaper’s DFW editions. After serving as a reporter and then managing editor for a daily newspaper in Northeast Texas, she moved to the DFW area and joined CI as an editor for the Frisco edition, which she helped to launch. Krista was named the DFW managing editor in 2015 and oversees the editorial content for the Frisco, Plano, McKinney, Grapevine|Colleyville|Southlake and Lewisville|Flower Mound|Highland Village editions.


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