FRISCO (CBSDFW.COM) – Frisco ISD has a $30 million budget shortfall looming after voters rejected a tax increase to offset it.
Karen Dilworth is a second grade teacher in Frisco and represents 500 others as head of the United Educators Association. She and others attended an emergency school board meeting to discuss a revenue shortfall that could see class sizes, which are already the second largest in the state, balloon even more.
“That’s that many more parents you deal with — that many more students you deal with. I work on weekends and a lot of times my family doesn’t get to see me very often. When I’m not at school I’m usually at a board meeting,” said Dilworth.
The state requires a waiver for class sizes with more than 22 students at elementary schools. One proposal would increase that number in Frisco to 25.
“You get less one-on-one. You get less teacher time. We would have larger class sizes. We wouldn’t have as much of that one-on-one attention and of course anytime you can get one-on-one time with teachers. It’s going to be a better educational experience,” said Chris Moore, Frisco ISD spokesperson.
Hiring and salary freezes could also happen after voters said “no” to a tax increase that would have hired more teachers.
The district is expected to save $20 million by delaying the opening of four new schools.
Dilworth fears teachers like her will be impacted most.
“It’s really hard to accept that we are not being valued. Where is the financial transparency in the district and where is the money going because it’s a very wealthy district,” said Dilworth.
The district said nothing is off the table but those items that directly affect students will be the last cuts considered.
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