Frisco ISD hoping voters will OK $775 million bond package

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by JOBIN PANICKER

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WFAA

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 24 at 9:00 AM

FRISCO — It is a decision that the citizens of Frisco will soon have to make: Whether to approve a $775 million school bond package.

The May 10 vote will decide whether the school district can catch up with the city’s exponential growth.

“Since October 1, we’ve added 500 kids,” said Frisco Independent School District Superintendent Jeremy Lyon.

Lyon said there were 2,000 students at Frisco ISD in 1993; in 2014, the district has grown to 46,000.

By 2020, administrators estimate roughly 66,000 students.

“It is our belief that the facilities we provide for them are very important,” Lyon said.

If approved, a major chunk of the bond — $598.2 million — will be used to build 14 new facilities:

  • 8 elementary schools
  • 3 middle schools
  • 3 high schools

“Some school districts are building Taj Mahal facilities when they could do more with less,” said Peggy Venable with Americans for Prosperity. The opposition group based in Austin is calling for better fiscal responsibility. “Every dollar that is added to that is a dollar we’re heaping on to our kids and grandkids to pay,” she said.

But Frisco Mayor Maher Maso said people are afraid of the word “debt.”

“The proof is in the pudding," he said. "Look at our school district — they weren’t maxed out as many school districts were on the tax rate."

If the bond is approved, residents will pay up to $17 more a month in taxes for houses valued around $270,000.

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