Reporting J.D. Miles
FRISCO (CBS 11 NEWS) - When school starts in three weeks, it will be a year unlike any other for the Frisco Independent School District. As one of the fastest growing districts in the nation, hundreds of new teachers – and thousands of new students – are expected for the 2013-2014 school year.
The district recently hired 425 teachers to manage the phenomenal growth in the Collin County city of 134-thousand. More than three thousand new students are expected to enroll in the district that already serves 45-thousand.
The city is not only hiring more teachers but also building four more schools to keep pace. When Frisco’s newest high school is completed next year, the district will have 60 schools. Fifteen years ago, the city had only five.
Currently, Frisco’s high schools average 1,719 students, compared to 4,143 students on average at Allen high schools and an average of 2,507 students at Plano high schools. Frisco ISD aims to keep its average number of students at lower than its neighbors and below two-thousand.
“There’s challenges related to the growth, but the really neat thing is we work so closely together,” said Frisco mayor Maher Maso.
Despite the challenges that the growing district faces, Frisco was named the largest exemplary school system in the state just two years ago. That’s the same year it was also named the fastest growing school district in the nation.
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