FRISCO (CBS11) – The doors to four new schools in Frisco won’t open this year but the questions are coming in from concerned parents like Andra Reneau.
Reneau said she has watched from her window as the walls were built at Memorial High School..
“It really should be close to finished and getting ready for the next school year but apparently that isn’t going to happen,” she said.
After construction wraps up, the neighborhood near the school will be looking at a vacant building. It is one of four new schools in Frisco that will stay closed for a year to help the district save $15 million.
The new schools were intended to ease overcrowding within the district, and construction on the campuses will be completed as scheduled. But the buildings will now sit empty in 2017 after a school board vote Monday night.
The schools are now scheduled to open for the 2018-2019 year.
Reneau said she is concerned about what this will mean for her family in the meantime.
“I think the classroom sizes are going to get bigger,” said Reneau.
Frisco ISD’s Deputy Superintendent of Business, Todd Fouche, acknowledges that classroom sizes may increase but there won’t be any addition portable building. CBS11 also learned security will be added to protect the empty schools.
“One of the things built into the cost to delay the schools was the possibility of hiring a security guard that would go to those four buildings in addition to monitoring other locations,” said Fouche.
There will also be some other costs associated with the schools including air conditioning and security cameras.
District leaders said the public will have a chance to weigh in on the attendance zoning recommendations in December.
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