Frisco Edition - March 2020

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When Frisco City Council gathered for its winter work session on the rst day of February, the city’s elected ocials set 10 priorities they believe will dene the year ahead. “We're really kind of laying the groundwork this year for the rest of the city,” Mayor Je Cheney said. “I think we'll look back at 2020 [as] being one of Fris- co’s most transformative years.” Frisco’s annual top 10 priorities lists have led to major successes for the city in the past, the mayor said. Past priorities included seeking destination dining, entertainment and hotels well before Frisco Ranch, KidZania and the Omni Frisco opened. “Frisco is known for being very deliberate and CONTINUED ON 36 City Council’s annual priorities transformFrisco BY WILLIAM C. WADSACK

2016 2020 WHAT IS NEXT? City Council prioritized work on The Star in Frisco development for a couple years before it opened its doors to the public. After the Frisco Public Library was listed as a priority by council in 2019, work to relocate the library to the Beal Aerospace building is slated to begin later this year. future... for the Frisco City Council sets priorities every year. These are some of the major projects from recent years. Shaping u

Council directed sta to go after the “next big thing” for Frisco. It was purposefully left open-ended as no one yet knows what that thing will be.

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Expansion aims to meet Frisco Family Services’ needs BY ELIZABETH UCLÉS Frisco Family Services expects over 30,000 people to come through its doors in 2030, doubling its cur- rent reach. That is why opening a 22,000-square-foot client services building this November is a vital next

step, according to the nonprot’s leadership. “There is no way we could accom- modate all of that in this small building and [be] what the community needs for us to be,” Executive Director Nicole Bursey said. The new $6 million building near its food pantry and resale store will replace the nonprot’s 4,200-square- foot main facility on 3rd Street. Frisco Family Services oers pre- vention services for food insecurity;

OFFERING A HAND UP The city's largest nonprot that helps those in need continues to grow. Here are its latest numbers for scal year 2018-19.

in annual program support $1.3M

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PUBLISHERS AND FOUNDERS John and Jennifer Garrett PUBLISHERDFWMETRO Christal Howard GENERAL MANAGER Vicki Chen, vchen@communityimpact.com EDITORIAL EXECUTIVE EDITOR Joe Lanane MANAGING EDITOR Valerie Wigglesworth COPY EDITORS Ben Dickerson, Kasey Salisbury STAFFWRITERS Emily Davis, Daniel Houston ADVERTISING SALES DIRECTOR Tess Coverman ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Kristi Lupe DESIGN CREATIVE DIRECTOR Derek Sullivan ART PRODUCTION MANAGER Aubrey Galloway ASSOCIATE ART PRODUCTION MANAGER Breanna Flores GRAPHIC DESIGNER Cherry He STAFF DESIGNERS Katherine Borey, Ellen Jackson BUSINESS GROUP PUBLISHER Traci Rodriguez CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER Claire Love ABOUT US John and Jennifer Garrett began Community Impact Newspaper in 2005 in Pugerville, Texas. The company’s mission is to build communities of informed citizens and thriving businesses through the collaboration of a passionate team. CONTACT US EDITOR William C. Wadsack REPORTER Elizabeth Uclés COPY CHIEF Andy Comer

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FROMVICKI: Spring is ushering in new beginnings at Community Impact Newspaper . We welcomed two new “Impacters” to our Frisco team recently. Account Executive Kristi Lupe is an Oklahoma native but has called Frisco home for more than 20 years. Kristi loves partnering with local business owners and invites you to say hello if you see her around town. Vicki Chen, GENERALMANAGER

FROMWILLIAM: Graphic Designer Cherry He is the newest member of our team. She has a background in ne arts and commercial design and is a graduate of the University of North Texas. Cherry has done a fantastic job collaborating with me and Reporter Elizabeth Uclés to design this issue, and we look forward to your reading it. William C. Wadsack, EDITOR

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NOWOPEN 1 Bentley+Lace opened a satellite stu- dio in January at 6881 Pecan St., Frisco. Located inside Brookielynn’s Bungalow in downtown Frisco, owner and designer Elizabeth Copeland oers handmade bohemian-style gowns for rent. https://bentleyandlace.com 2 Chuy’s opened Feb. 11 at 3773 Preston Road, Frisco. The restaurant chain serves Tex-Mex entrees, such as enchiladas, burritos, tacos, fajita plates and more. 469-421-1982. www.chuys.com 3 Consignment Crush opened Jan. 1 at 6811 Oak St., Frisco. Located in downtown Frisco, the boutique consignment store al- lows guests to buy and sell new or gently used furniture, art, glassware and home decor. The store hosted an open house Feb. 13. www.consignmentcrush.com 4 OneNeighbor opened a Frisco oce in February at 9355 John W. Elliott Drive, Ste. 25130, Frisco. The Frisco-based start- up oers lawn mowing and pool cleaning and has expanded its services into several North Texas cities. 844-416-3444. www.oneneighbor.com 5 Pet Supermarket opened Feb. 15 at 9112 Lebanon Road, Ste. 200, Frisco. The store oers a variety of pet supplies as well as a self-serve dog wash station. The pet store will host a grand opening event March 14. 469-430-9384. www.petsupermarket.com COMING SOON 6 Garages of Texas is expected to open at the end of rst quarter 2020 at 6767 All Stars Ave., Frisco. The business

oers luxury garage suites for purchase with 24-hour access; a deed and title insurance; plumbing and heating; and a phone, internet and cable connection. Customers have the freedom to install lifts, build lofts and add a variety of other decorations. 866-399-1090. https://garagesoftexas.com/ locations/frisco 7 GearMinds STEM Academy will open in mid-March at 11511 Independence Parkway, Ste. 101, Frisco. The STEM- based learning center oers education in coding, robotics and engineering for kids K-12. 469-290-4561. https://gearmindsacademy.com 8 Phoenix Integrative Medical Center will open in March at 6380 Preston Road, Frisco. The medical center will oer direct primary care, wellness programs, bioidentical hormone replacement ther- apy, testosterone therapy, osteopathic manipulative treatment, personalized nutrition plans and nutraceutical supple- ments. 214-616-0234. www.phoenixintegrative.com RELOCATIONS 9 Imagine Dance Academy relocated in February to the Frisco Discovery Center at 8004 Dallas Parkway, Frisco. The dance academy moved after outgrowing its previous space and continues oering curriculum-based dance instruction for children ages 18 months (walking) through 7 years old. 469-200-0122. https://imagine.dance ANNIVERSARIES 10 The Frisco Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 50th anniversary Feb. 9 at

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Frisco. The business oers a nonmedical, holistic approach to weight loss and re- solving PMS and menopause symptoms. BeBalanced has weight loss centers in Arizona, Florida and New York. https://bebalancedcenters.com 12 Delta Life Fitness will open this spring at 2772 Stonebrook Parkway, Ste. 500, Frisco. The woman-focused bou- tique tness studio provides 30-minute workouts designed for slimming down and toning up. Child supervision is also oered at the gym. The Frisco location will be the rst in the Dallas Fort-Worth area. https://deltalifetness.com 13 iCRYO is expected to open in April at 6363 Dallas Parkway, Ste. 105, Frisco. The franchise oers cryotherapy services that claim to improve sleep as well as treatments for anti-aging, skin rejuve- nation, acne reduction, stress relief, circulation improvement and headache relief. https://icryo.com 14 Life Time will open mid-summer at 4900 Throne Hall Drive, Frisco. The $49 million Frisco health club will be two stories tall and take up more than 124,000 square feet. The location will have an outdoor beach club, 12 outdoor tennis courts, an outdoor soccer eld, three yoga studios, a Pilates studio and two full-size basketball courts. Life Time in Frisco will add more than 350 jobs, and hiring fairs for these positions will begin in late March. www.lifetime.life 15 LIFETIME Pharmacy is expected to open in early March at 255 Lebanon Road, Ste. 200A, Frisco. The community pharmacy oers medication reviews, diabetes products and services and com-

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ping and exams. 469-200-3938. https://veterinarianfriscotx.com 4 Farmers Insurance - KimWallace opened Feb. 3 at 9191 Kyser Way, Ste. 102, Frisco. The insurance company oers auto, home, life, renter’s, business, motorcycle, recreational and umbrella insurance. 469-604-4484. https://agents.farmers.com/kwallace 5 Pizza Hut opened Jan. 29 at 2772 Stonebrook Parkway, Ste. 300, Frisco. The pizza chain is known for its Italian cuisine, including carryout pizza, wings, pasta and dessert. 972-712-2225. www.pizzahut.com 6 Rare Books Bar opened in December at 6959 Lebanon Road, Ste. 110, Frisco. The speakeasy bar serves rare whiskey and craft cocktails and oers a variety

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The U.S. women’s national soccer team and teams from England, Spain and Japan will take part in a doubleheader. 4:15 p.m. (England vs. Spain); 7 p.m. (U.S. vs. Japan). $100-$350. Toyota Stadium, 9200 World Cup Way, Frisco. www.ussoccer.com/shebelieves/cup (Courtesy FC Dallas)

Participants will get to look for clues about which plants and animals live in the park. Attendees should wear close-toed shoes and bring a water bottle. 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Frisco Commons Park, 8000 McKinney Road, Frisco. 972-292-6500. www.friscotexas.gov/1597/third-saturday-trail-walks (Courtesy Visit Frisco)

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Siddhi Hanuman Temple, and it is a rain-or- shine event. 2-5 p.m. Free. Independence Practice Field, 11955 Independence Parkway, Frisco. 972-292-6500. www.friscotexas.gov/1492/frisco-festival- of-colors 20 MUSIC IN THE CHAMBER The Frisco City Council Chambers will host a musical tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim, Hans York and Branda

Brazil as part of a spring series. The concert is held in the chamber, as it was designed for acoustics by architects associated with New York City’s Radio City Music Hall. 8 p.m. $10 (residents), $15 (nonresidents). George A. Purefoy Municipal Center, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco. 972-292-6652. www.friscotexas.gov/1491/music-in- the-chamber

972-497-4060. www.conferenceusa.com/ sports/2019/8/29/2020-cusa-basketball- championships.aspx 14 FRISCO FESTIVAL OF COLORS Everyone is welcome to celebrate the changing of the seasons with a community color throw, food, music and Play Frisco Expo. This multicultural experience is being put on this year by the city in collaboration with the Karya

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20 THROUGH 22 HOME &GARDEN SHOW The second annual show will feature products and services for homes and landscapes as well as information on builders, contractors and more. 2-6 p.m. (March 20), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (March 21), 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (March 22). Free (age 16 and under, school district employees, rst responders, active duty military), $7.50 (age 65 and over, retired military), $8.50 (age 17 and over). Ford Center at The Star, 9 Cowboys Way, Frisco. 972-497-4060. www.showtechnology.com/shows/ greater-frisco-home-and-garden-show 21 PADDY DASH 5KAND FUN RUN This Frisco family tradition oers a timed 5K, a one-mile fun run and a free 50-yard dash for children. 8-10 a.m. Free- $35. Frisco Square, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco. 214-619-2246. https://runsignup.com/race/tx/frisco/ paddydash 28 COMMYOUNITY FAMILY FAIR This family-friendly event will oer local vendor shopping and giveaways. In addition to an expected 100 vendors, there will be food trucks and bounce houses at the event. 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Wakeland High School, 10700 Legacy Dr., Frisco. www.friscopta.org/fair.html

28 AQUA EGG HUNT Children ages 2 1/2 to 10 years can hunt for toy-lled eggs, take pictures with the Easter Bunny and enjoy craft activities. Mesh bags will be provided for gathering eggs in the pool, but children should bring their own basket and wear a swimsuit. 11:15 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $17 (residents), $22 (nonresidents). Frisco Athletic Center, 5828 Nancy Jane Lane, Frisco. 972-292-6600. www.friscotexas.gov/1190/aqua-egg-hunt 28 THROUGH 29 ARTS IN THE SQUARE The festival will have more than 120 local and regional artists selling handmade creations. There will be musicians, art activities, and food and spirits. 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Free. Frisco Square, 8874 Coleman Blvd., Frisco. 214-872-1054. https://friscosquare.com/aits/ APRIL 04 FRISCOUNCORKED This food and wine festival will feature more than 100 wines, shopping, live music, grape stomping and food from local restaurants. Noon-7 p.m. Free. Hall Park parking garage, 3201 Dallas Parkway, Frisco. www.friscouncorked.com

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1 Independence Parkway lane additions Design work has started on the city of Frisco’s $6.6 million project to widen Independence Parkway. Construction will widen the roadway to six lanes from SH 121 to Main Street. Timeline: January 2020-September 2022 (design), October 2022-TBD (construction) Cost: $6.6 million Funding source: city of Frisco 2 Legacy Drive-Throne Hall Drive traffic signal Construction on a new traffic signal at Legacy Drive and Throne Hall Drive is expected to begin in March. The city of Frisco recently contracted with Roadway Solutions Inc. for the work. Timeline: March-June Cost: $400,000 PHOTOS BY WILLIAM C. WADSACK/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

4 Lebanon Road lane additions The design phase will soon wrap up for the construction of two additional lanes on Lebanon Road. These lane additions will stretch from Parkwood Boulevard to Ohio Drive and bring the roadway to a total of six lanes. Construction could begin as early as April. Timeline: April 2020-March 2021 Cost: $4.38 million The city of Frisco is planning a new six- lane divided roadway on Mahard Parkway between Rockhill Parkway and US 380. The design phase for this project is slated to end soon, and construction could begin as early as this July. Timeline: July 2020-March 2021 Cost: $4.3 million Funding source: city of Frisco Funding source: city of Frisco 5 Mahard Parkway roadway

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high school located within Frisco’s city limits. Rock Hill High School will open in fall 2020 and expects to have enrollment of slightly less than 1,800 students. The school will offer more space for career and technical education classes as compared to Prosper High School. 5 Omni PGA Frisco Resort A groundbreaking is expected in March for the resort and remaining development of the future home of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America. Development comes from a joint venture led by Omni Hotels & Resorts with Stillwater Capital and Woods Capital. The resort will offer 500 guest rooms, pools, dining outlets, a full-service spa, a fitness center, 40,000 square feet of retail space and 127,000 square feet of meeting space. The opening date is scheduled for June 2022. 6 PGA of America golf courses Ground was broken in October 2019 on golf courses for the Professional Golfers’ Association of America headquarters. There will be two 18-hole championship golf courses that will host PGA championships and one 10-hole course for resort guests. Other features include a two-sided driving range, a short-game practice area, putting greens and a clubhouse with restaurants and locker rooms. The opening is scheduled for June 2022.

1 The Offices Three at Frisco Station Frisco Station is getting another 210,000 square feet of class A office space. Development of The Offices Three at Frisco Station broke ground in late January and will deliver a mid-rise office tower with six stories. Building amenities will include a fitness center, a conference center and a tenant lounge. The project is expected to be completed in 2021. 2 The Grove Frisco This 735-acre community will break ground on its second phase in the second quarter of 2020. Phase II will offer patio homes, townhomes, luxury apartments, retail and dining options. There will also be a dog park, courtyards, pools, a sports field and trails. The project is expected to be completed in 2021. 3 Canopy by HiltonDallas Frisco Station The hotel’s rooms will offer a 55-inch HDTV, a built-in refrigerator drawer, a Nespresso machine and a Canopy- exclusive bed. The hotel will also feature a business center, a fitness room, a cafe, a bar and complimentary Canopy bikes to explore the area. The estimated opening date is March 10. 4 Rock Hill High School Construction is ongoing for a Prosper ISD

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‘Tallest building in Frisco’: Luxury hotel, condos coming to TheGate

address a current gap in Frisco’s luxury oerings. “The luxury sector was just not being addressed here in Frisco,” he said. The demand for luxury accommo- dations is expected to increase as Frisco welcomes more new business and corporate relocations, Messer- smith said. The building will hold about 230 hotel rooms, 70 condos, and 15,000 square feet of oce space and signa- ture restaurants, Messersmith said. The amenity deck where the pool will be located will have 360-degree views of the city, he said. The variety of expected amenities will draw more than just out-of-town guests, Messersmith said. “The property, I think, will be used heavily not only for guests but also the local citizens,” he said. The project is expected to surpass

Frisco’s current tallest building, the 25-story, high-rise apartment community SkyHouse Frisco Station, which is also located in The Gate. Visibility from the tollway was a big factor for JMJ Development taking on the project, he said. Messersmith said this project will aim to bring new features and amenities to Frisco. “The property, I think, will be used heavily not only for guests, but also the local citizens,” he said. As such, the building is planning to have seven bungalows on the amenity deck across from the pool. Two of them will have their own splash pool, Messersmith said. “It would be great use for families who want to get away,” Messersmith said, “[and] also great for executives who need a space or need something a little more private to use, almost as a hospitality suite.”

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signicant,” Messersmith said. One or two more stories could be added as JMJ Development irons out programming for the building, he said. The developer is still negotiating with the hotel brand, Messersmith said, but he added it would be one internationally recognized and known for its spas. Messersmith said an 8,000-square- foot spa with massage and water treatments will be the “key feature” of the hotel. “This will not be your typical hotel spa,” he said. “This will be a very high-end spa.” The project expects to open in 2024, Messersmith said, and will

Construction for “the tallest building in Frisco” could begin at the end of this year, according to JMJ Development ocials. Both a luxury hotel and condos are in the works for the 28-story building located within The Gate development along the Dallas North Tollway, said David Messersmith, director of hospitality for JMJ Development. The Dallas-based developer purchased the land from Dubai-based Invest Group Overseas in February. “I think there’s a great opportunity in Frisco to enhance the skyline with something dierentiating and

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New community coming to McKinney

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A new community called Florence is expected to bring a variety of new oerings to the west side of McKinney, including living spaces within Frisco ISD boundaries.

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two-story buildings. The retail and restaurants are planned to be located on the ground oor, while the med- ical units will be located on the top oor to provide privacy and a view, according to the owner. The apartment community will be set behind the strip of commercial spaces and will not be visible from the road. This will create a private but walkable village-style community, according to the owner. “Our goal is to deliver a stylish signature product unique to the McKinney area,” Gogineni said. The project is expected to cost at least $12 million, according to details led with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations. Florence is being developed by

Everest Developers, which is working in partnership with Humphreys, an architectural rm specializing in multifamily projects, in addition to Land Design, a national civil engi- neering rm. Development will take place in four phases, starting with the commercial spaces. Construction is expected to begin in March or April. The rst phase of commercial space is expected to be completed by early 2021. Construction of the apartments will begin following the completion of the commercial spaces. The rst phase of apartments is planned to be nished around the end of next year. Other phases are still in the plan- ning process.

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include roughly 90,000 square feet of commercial space for retail, restaurants, oces, medical units and more. In addition, it will include about 200 apartment units with amenities and community spaces. These apartments will be located in a series of four-story buildings, fea- turing units ranging from 800-1,200 square feet. These apartments will be located within Frisco ISD boundaries. The commercial spaces will be located closest to Custer Road in

A new mixed-use development to be called Florence is coming to McKinney on Custer Road. It will be a “contemporary, luxury, Mediterranean, mixed-use village,” owner Raj Gogineni said. The project will be located at 4001 Custer Road, between the Discovery at Rowlett Creek and Storybook Ranch. This property is currently undeveloped land. Once built out, Florence will

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EDUCATION 1 For All to oer every Frisco ISDhigh-schooler a take-home Chromebook by 202324 school year News from Frisco ISD

McDonald said the devices will still have the same browsing lters that blocks students from certain websites when used at home. Chromebooks will continue to use management systems, such as Canvas, McDonald said. The 1 For All initiative will also help start conversations with students about their digital footprint, she said. “It’s also an opportunity for us to work to teach them about digital citizenship,” McDonald said. Students with a take-home Chromebook will pay a $20 yearly fee for breakage, replacements and insurance, McDonald said. “This $20 fee—we don’t want that to be a barrier, but at the same time, this whole initiative is optional,” said Teri Essy, FISD coordinator of secondary instructional technology. “They’re not required to take the Chromebook home.” Essy said students will still be allowed to bring their own devices to class. Each high school campus will come with a tech depot for students to bring broken devices for repair or assistance, Fouche said. When a device is being repaired or is lost, stu- dents will be given a replacement Chromebook that is not touchscreen or convertible, Fouche said. Incoming freshmen and teachers alike will begin training this spring to prepare for the program’s 2020-21 rollout, McDonald said. She said teachers are excited to oer dierent kinds of lessons for their students: lessons with a focus on student creation. “We feel like it’s a real opportunity to get really personalized learning,” McDonald said, “and [to] really, thoughtfully use a device [that is] not just for students to consume.”

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A Chromebook is a laptop that operates on the cloud-based Chrome operating system and uses Google Apps for Education, such as Google Drive, Docs and Sheets. Since FISD has been using Google Apps over the last eight years, FISD Director of Digital Learning Cheryl McDonald said Chromebooks made the most sense when deciding on the take-home device. “There’s some devices that you’re kind of get- ting more than you need,” McDonald said. “Really, most of our students just need a browser.” Funding for the 1 For All initiative comes from the district’s 2018 bond, Fouche said, which put $70 million toward technology over the next ve to six years. FISD has a history of using Chromebooks at all levels for school-day use, McDonald said, since teachers can check out carts of Chromebooks for their classrooms. iPads and computer labs with PCs are also available for teacher checkout at all levels. Mac computer labs can be found at FISD high school campuses. McDonald added that Chromebooks ended up being the more economical option for the district as well. Students will be able to keep their devices with them over the summer, McDonald said, which can benet students taking online summer or dual- credit courses. STEPS FOR STUDENTS If Frisco high-schoolers opt into taking home an 11-inch, convertible Chromebook laptop and charger, these are the steps they will need to take.

Beginning in the 2020-21 school year, all Frisco ISD ninth-graders will have the option to take home an 11-inch, convertible, touchscreen Chromebook for use during their time in the district. This is due to FISD’s 1 For All initiative, which aims to provide the opportunity for every high school student to have a take-home device. By the 2023-24 school year, district ocials said this should be a reality, as each subsequent freshman class will be presented with the take-home device option as well. “It’s really about the learning and how teachers are going to be freed up to design all dierent kinds of lessons and learning for kids that they weren’t able to in the past,” FISD Chief Technology Ocer Melissa Fouche said.

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district's Assistant Director of Trans- portation Roger Lents said. In the 2020-21 school year, Emer- son High School will open, and FISD will roll out full-day prekindergarten at eight elementary campuses and the Early Childhood School. This will add to the demand, Lents said. “Once you have a child that’s eligible, we have to have a route,” he said regarding transport of full-day pre-K students. To recruit bus drivers and moni- tors, the department has advertised online, on social media and in news- papers; put up iers at FISD schools and hosted job fairs. The next job fair is March 28 at FISD’s Transportation West building. Becker said the department will continue its current recruitment eorts.

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