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FRISCO (CBSDFW.COM) – After a divisive election that saw lawn signs throughout Frisco neighborhoods adamantly supporting both yes and no positions, a majority of voters chose to reject a higher tax rate to fund day-to-day school district operations.
Parents like Lee Farabaugh who supported the increase have questions for district leaders.
“Okay where do you go from here? What actually is going to happen? What is the fiscal plan?” said Farabaugh. “How do you ensure that there’s still excellence in the Frisco ISD even knowing that these funds are not available?”
In a letter to faculty and staff, Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Lyon expressed disappointment with the election results but wrote, “FISD is special because of everyone here and that doesn’t change because of an election.”
Lyon went on to write, “We will roll up our sleeves and work to protect student programs and opportunities with reduced funding. Budget decisions will be made transparently and with many opportunities for input. The process will unite, not divide.”
Parents like Raj Anaparthy who voted against the increase said they don’t expect their children’s education to suffer.
Anaparthy said with his property values continuing to rise, he can’t see justification in agreeing to a tax rate increase.
“I don’t think there’s a problem with funds,” said Anaparthy. “It’s the way they’re spending it, so they better spend on teachers’ salaries than spend it somewhere else, so that will improve the education.”
Now parents will have to wait and see what changes come from the election results.
“I trust the leadership that they can take the results and figure out the best way to move forward,” said Farabaugh. “I mean that’s why they’re our leaders. I would hope that would be the future.”
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