Anxiety builds before possible Frisco school vote

Frisco school plan could impact housing

FRISCO -- Most realtors will tell you that it is the single most important thing to homebuyers: the school district.

Brad Holden of Holden New Homes says of his Frisco clients, most of them just want to know if their home is within the Frisco Independent School District boundaries. But some homebuyers go even further and want to know which specific schools their housing lot is designated for.

Frisco has been an exploding market -- not just for homes, but for schools as well. Like any explosive market there are growing pains, namely in trying to find the funding to support it.

On Monday Frisco ISD's board may have a big decision to make: Whether to delay the start of four of its schools and also freeze salaries for a year. The district says that would result in a savings of about $15 million.  It's a short-term fix.

"That pause allows us to take a look at what's going on with this enrollment," Superintendent Jeremy Lyon said last week. Projections were off this year by 800 to 1,000 students.

It is an anxiety-inducing situation for parents wanting to know where their children are set to go to school. The same could be said, albeit on a smaller scale, for realtors who are charged with knowing this information.

"It is very difficult to tell someone they plan to go here, but there is a possibility they may go this brand new school right across the street.," Holden said.

Holden has been a realtor since the early 2000s and has noticed the growing housing market. In fact, he lives in a neighborhood split up many ways in terms of school boundaries.

Last Thursday, the board met in an open door meeting to discuss the budget dilemma in front of them. Some parents have expressed they don't want larger class sizes. Other parents have been highly critical of the districts financial handling of the situation.

"If we're getting into a situation where schools are getting larger, that may have affected my decision for living in Frisco," said one parent.

The district says these boundary changes and school delays are normal and have happened in the district's history before. But it's clear that sure doesn't make it easy.

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