Reporting Jack Fink
COLLIN COUNTY (CBS 11 NEWS) – The Frisco Independent School District is bursting at the seams. It’s growing so quickly, that for the first time, the school district closed off some elementary schools to new students — weeks before classes even began.
Robertson Elementary School is already over capacity. Because of that, any new students that would normally be zoned for Robertson, must now go to Phillips Elementary instead.
Brenda Sikes was disappointed to find out her daughter can’t attend 4th grade at Robertson as planned, and must go to Phillips. “We had talked to the teachers where she was last year. We knew we were coming to Robertson and they had said good things. It was a little bit of a shock.”
Three other elementary schools in Frisco have stopped accepting new students and must now send them to other campuses.
In all, Frisco ISD says fewer than 100 students are affected.
Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Lyon says they rely on projections. “Those projections look into essentially a crystal ball, making some educational guesses. The economy has picked up, people want to move to Frisco so we underestimated a bit.”
The growth is still building. During the first six months of the year, the city of Frisco issued nearly 1,200 permits for new homes. They can’t build houses fast enough here… and new houses equals new students.
This year, the district will have about 46,000 students. That number is expected to grow to 60,000 in five years.
Valerie Rocha, her husband and their three children are moving into their new house in Frisco next week. Rocha says, “Primarily, it’s the schools. Everything is new, it’s a nice community. You hear so much about Frisco.”
The building boom here will continue.
Frisco ISD is planning to build seven new schools in the next two years.
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