FRISCO (CBS 11 NEWS) – Linda Tenbarge is moving into her family’s brand new Frisco house. “We’re very excited,” she said.
Tenbarge, her husband, and their two children left The Colony for one main reason: the schools. “There’s lots of good areas around here in North Texas to move into, but for the school districts, I think Frisco sets itself apart, and that’s what we were looking for,” Linda explained.
Linda Tenbarge said she is especially excited about the district’s new superintendent, Dr. Jeremy Lyon, hired by the school board just today.
Dr. Lyon is currently the superintendent in the Hays Consolidated ISD, a fast-growing district between Austin and San Antonio. Lyon said he wants to build on Frisco ISD’s excellent reputation. “You need really good principals and you need really good teachers. When you’re dealing with fast growth school districts, you’re always pushing, and always seeking talent.”
Lyon succeeds Dr. Rick Reedy, who has been superintendent since 1997 and retires on January 6.
Frisco is the fastest growing school district not only in Texas, but also in the nation. Since 1997, the district has grown from just six schools and nearly 4,000 students, to 56 schools and nearly 43,000 students.
The Frisco school district opened four new schools this year, including Vandeventer Middle School. Down the street from that school, crews are busy completing work on the new Independence High School, set to open in August 2014.
Frisco ISD is booming in part because there are so many new neighborhoods going up across the city. Besides new families, the Superintendent said Frisco’s philosophy of small schools has attracted teachers, and helped it become the largest, exemplary school district in the state.
“You as a school district have a vision of providing a small school environment, that’s where a really optimal learning environment can occur,” Lyon said.
The environment is exactly why Linda Tenbarge said she packed up her family and moved to the area.
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