News from Collin County, Frisco & Frisco ISD
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NUMBER TOKNOW Frisco will transplant 29 trees from their current location along Legacy Drive and Town and Country Boulevard in Frisco to make way for road construction this summer. Frisco City Council approved a purchase order April 6 for $117,265 with Fannin Tree Farm to remove the trees before construction to widen the roads begins in July. The trees would be relocated to Coyote Park, Boulder Draw Park, Shawnee Natural Area and Bacchus Park in Frisco, according to city documents. The contract targets 15 trees along Legacy Drive and 14 trees along Town and Country Boulevard. 29 HIGHLIGHT COLLIN COUNTY The county spent far less from its general fund in the last ! scal year than budgeted, and the county’s revenue exceeded initial projections, according to the county’s 2020 comprehensive annual ! nancial report. Considering challenges o " cials faced last year, the county’s bottom line is “extremely healthy,” county commissioners were told April 19. Frisco City Council Meets at 5 p.m. May 18 and June 1; open meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. www.friscotexas.gov MEETINGSWE COVER
Twilight Package Ceremony Location: Because of masks, Stockton said, 5,914 quarantines were avoided in the district between October 2020 and April 2021. very steep decline since the end of January, which is just phenomenal.” In January, the district peaked at 58 average daily new cases. That compares with 10 average daily new cases in recent weeks, he said. According to Stockton, 9,739 students and sta $ have completed quarantine for having close contact with someone with a positive case on campus this school year. Of those, 1.71%have tested positive with no known external exposure, Stockton said. The district’s mask policy will remain in place through the end of the school year, Stockton said. Part of that rea- soning is related to the district’s policy on quarantines. If a personwho tests positive and a person in close contact are bothwearingmasks, no quarantine is required, he said. Frisco ISD updates quarantine guidelines FRISCOISD Quarantine guidelines in Frisco ISD involving close contact related to COVID-19 have been updated, per information presented at the April 12 boardmeeting. Those required to quarantine after having close contact with someone who tests positive will be allowed to return to campus after seven days as long as they receive a negative test on day ! ve or later. Those who do not wish to get testedmust stay o $ campus for 10 days, according to Daniel Stockton, the dis- trict’s executive director of government and legal a $ airs. As for the number of new cases being reported in the district, Stockton said, “It’s very clear that we’ve seen amajor,
This rendering shows Frisco ISD’s ! rst intermediate campus. (Courtesy Huckabee)
Plans unveiled for ! rst intermediate campus to house ! fth, sixth grades
FRISCO ISD Design plans were unveiled April 12 for Frisco ISD’s ! rst intermediate campus planned on the district’s east side in McKinney. The campus would serve grades ! ve and six and alleviate capacity issues at four elementary schools and three middle schools, according to Todd Fouche, deputy superinten- dent of business and operations. Because of the growth in that area of the district, o " cials said they decided it would be more cost-ef- fective to build one intermediate campus rather than an elementary school and a middle school. As part of the 2018 bond, the district retained the Huckabee school-focused architectural ! rm, which has based its designs on dozens of conversations about this new concept for the district. The result, according to Hucka- bee’s report, is “a unique program to maximize opportunities and
focus on transitioning naturally from elementary to secondary school.” The campus on 11.4 acres would be west of Alma Drive between Stacy Road and Sam Rayburn Tollway. Its main entrance would face Alma Drive and be adjacent to Dr. Kenneth Cooper Park. The three-story campus would be built for a capacity of 1,050 students with potential to expand to accommodate up to 1,200 students, according to the April 12 presentation. Its designs would re # ect the that area of McKinney and “work within the aesthetics of [Craig Ranch],” according to the presentation. The project is in the design phases with bids expected to go out in December and construction to start shortly after that. Costs for the campus have not been ! nalized. The school is set to be completed in June 2023.
Frisco ISD board of trustees Meets at 7:30 p.m. May 10 www.friscoisd.org
Collin County Commissioners Court Meets at 1:30 p.m. May 10, 17 and 24. www.collincountytx.gov Denton County Commissioners Court Meets at 9 a.m. May 11, 18 and 25 www.dentoncounty.gov Collin College board of trustees Meets at 5:30 p.m. May 25 www.collin.edu
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