John Classe for Frisco

John Classe for Frisco John Classe serves the Frisco Independent School District as Secretary of the Board of Trustees in Place 6.

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Today, our Accounting II and Securities and Investment students had a front-row seat at the CTE Center to the issuance o...
12/15/2020

Today, our Accounting II and Securities and Investment students had a front-row seat at the CTE Center to the issuance of voter-approved bonds for the Frisco Independent School District. Representatives from SAMCO and RBC Capital Markets led our students through the process of pricing and issuance of bonds in the financial markets. Thank you to the representatives from these institutions for once again giving a real-world look at how FISD funds construction and other capital projects.

Today, we began a visioning process for how to possibly better accommodate growth in Frisco ISD. Representatives from ca...
12/14/2020

Today, we began a visioning process for how to possibly better accommodate growth in Frisco ISD. Representatives from campuses, curriculum, fine arts, athletics, and special education gathered to envision what may become our next campus. #FriscoFutureReady #ourFISDstory

Leadership Frisco Class XXIV spent the day Friday learning about the education systems available here in Frisco. Wrappin...
12/05/2020

Leadership Frisco Class XXIV spent the day Friday learning about the education systems available here in Frisco. Wrapping up Education Day was a Q&A session with the Frisco ISD Board of Trustees. We had thoughtful questions from this group. Thanks for contributing to the future of this great community!

The Virtual FEF, Gary Burns 5K + Fun Run starts today. ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿป Participate from wherever you are on your favorite j...
10/17/2020
Virtual FEF Gary Burns 5K & Fun Run

The Virtual FEF, Gary Burns 5K + Fun Run starts today. ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿป Participate from wherever you are on your favorite jogging or walking path. Most importantly, FEF needs you to sign up and join in, so this wonderful organization can continue to provide financial support to Frisco ISD graduating seniors and teachers. Donโ€™t delay; get moving today! ๐Ÿ˜‰

The Virtual FEF Gary Burns 5K & Fun Run is on Saturday October 17, 2020 to Saturday October 31, 2020. It includes the following events: Virtual 5K, Virtual Fun Run, Stafford Middle / Community (Ranger) Trail, Warren Sport Complex, Wakeland / Cottonwood Creek, Beavers Bend Park, Spears Elementary / C...

The 87th Texas Legislature will convene in January. Legislators always face tough decisions, but in the era of COVID-19,...
10/16/2020
School Board Adopts 2021 Legislative Priorities

The 87th Texas Legislature will convene in January. Legislators always face tough decisions, but in the era of COVID-19, the choices will be all the more difficult. Significant progress was made in the 86th to support Texas public schools and provide property tax relief. Frisco ISD stands prepared and ready to assist our legislative partners in the next session. Together, we can continue the momentum.

A big thank you to the dozens of staff, students, and community members who participated in the development of these priorities. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

The priorities will serve as a guide to facilitate conversations with lawmakers during the 87th Legislative Session and raise greater public awareness about issues affecting FISD.

Coffee Talk is now โ€œInside Scoopโ€ with a deeper dive into a timely Frisco Independent School District topic. Come meet d...
10/15/2020

Coffee Talk is now โ€œInside Scoopโ€ with a deeper dive into a timely Frisco Independent School District topic. Come meet district leadership in an informal setting, learn more about your district, and ask questions. Weโ€™ll do 4 of these throughout the year. Today, we look at our COVID protocols and recent changes. โ˜•๏ธ ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™‚๏ธ ๐Ÿ’ฌ

Ms. Irene is still at it โ€” bringing a little joy and normal to 2020! โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ‘ฎ bit.ly/3ntS4XS
10/07/2020
Frisco ISD Crossing Guard Dances Into New School Year

Ms. Irene is still at it โ€” bringing a little joy and normal to 2020! โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ‘ฎ bit.ly/3ntS4XS

In Frisco ISD, a crossing guard is getting some attention while she dances her way across the street every morning and dances into the hearts of the community.

Today, the FISD Board of Trustees adopted a tax rate of $1.3102 โ€” a rate that is more than 2.8ยข lower than the 2019 tax ...
09/28/2020
Board Adopts Lower 2020 Tax Rate โ€” Down 3 Years in a Row

Today, the FISD Board of Trustees adopted a tax rate of $1.3102 โ€” a rate that is more than 2.8ยข lower than the 2019 tax rate โ€” marking the third year in a row that we have been able to lower the property tax rate. In total, we have lowered the rate by approximately 15ยข in that time and maintain one of the lowest school tax rates in all of North Texas.

In Frisco ISD, we often talk about the importance of partnerships. Here and now, it is no different. It is the partnerships we have forged with our community and state leaders that have enabled our ability to deliver tax relief to property owners all while expanding student opportunity and teacher support.

Here is what I mean: https://jcfisd.com/2020/09/28/board-adopts-2020-tax-rate-lower-3-years-in-a-row/

Today, the FISD Board of Trustees adopted a tax rate of $1.3102 โ€” a rate that is more than 2.8ยข lower than the 2019 tax rate โ€” marking the third year in a row that we have been able to โ€ฆ

Congratulations to Sharon โ€” a 5th grader at Friscoโ€™s Vaughn Elementary โ€” for winning the Google Doodle contest! Check ou...
09/23/2020

Congratulations to Sharon โ€” a 5th grader at Friscoโ€™s Vaughn Elementary โ€” for winning the Google Doodle contest! Check out google.com today and see her artwork on display.

Sharon takes a very thoughtful approach to friendship: โ€œWhat you look like on the outside isn't as important as who you are on the inside.โ€ I couldnโ€™t agree more Sharon. Weโ€™re very proud of you! https://bit.ly/3hWiTA3

Today is North Texas Giving Day.  Please join me in offering financial support as you are able to the Frisco Education F...
09/17/2020

Today is North Texas Giving Day. Please join me in offering financial support as you are able to the Frisco Education Foundation and Frisco Fastpacs. These two organizations provide so much assistance to the children of the Frisco Independent School District each year and especially during the pandemic. They need your help now more than ever.

Give to the Frisco Education Foundation: https://bit.ly/NTGD-FEF
Give to Frisco FastPacs: https://bit.ly/NTGD-FFP

I took this picture in New Mexico this March as my family and I headed out on our Spring Break journey.  I was struck by...
09/03/2020

I took this picture in New Mexico this March as my family and I headed out on our Spring Break journey. I was struck by the wide open space and relative calm of what I saw out my windshield -- that, compared to the frantic normal pace left behind, for a time, in my rear view. Little did I know before we would return to Texas, our frantic normalcy would come to a screeching halt.

Since then in hindsight, I can thankfully count many blessings: dinners at home every night of the week with 100% attendance, regular Zoom happy hours with extended family near and far, and time to just sit with Melanie and talk.

As a board member, this experience has been the most challenging in my six years of service. We owe a lot to those who have rallied to offer mutual support across our community and to our FISD family -- including the staff of this district who have relentlessly navigated an ever-changing course from then to now. And they've done it repeatedly.

It's been nearly six months to the day since our kids went on Spring Break. Thursday, that break ends as we welcome many of our students back on campus. Undoubtedly, we've still got road ahead of us. But Thursday will mark a big step on our journey home.

Wishing all the best in 2020-'21.

If you canโ€™t make it out to see our students take the field this year, you donโ€™t have to miss the action. Nearly all mid...
09/02/2020
Live Video of Most FISD Athletic Events Available This Fall

If you canโ€™t make it out to see our students take the field this year, you donโ€™t have to miss the action. Nearly all middle school and high school athletic events will be available to view online. This will be a great alternative for parents, grandparents, other family, and friends to join in where they otherwise canโ€™t or arenโ€™t comfortable.

2020 has forced us to rethink nearly every aspect of education. This expansion is one example of FISD getting creative for the benefit of our community.

During the 2020-21 school year, Frisco ISD will offer live video streams of nearly all sporting events held at the District's high school and middle school athletic facilities.

The first day of the 2020-2021 school year is upon us.  It won't look like anything any of us have ever before seen, but...
08/13/2020

The first day of the 2020-2021 school year is upon us. It won't look like anything any of us have ever before seen, but I know there have been untold hours spent by our teachers, support staff, and administration preparing for this day -- nights, weekends, planning, adjusting, and reworking for an ever-changing environment.

We're entering a time that will be different for sure, and the odds of perfection are long. Grace. Patience. Mutual support. These are needed by all. I know parents need it as do our staff. And our kids need to see and hear it modeled. Let's lift each other up this year. If you need help, ask for it. Ask for it as you would from your friend, your neighbor, or your family.

I hope all of our students, staff, and families experience a year full of growth, new experiences, and broadened horizons. I know we can do it. Many hands make light work. #StrongerTogether #ourFISDstory

Today, the Frisco Independent School District announced additional flexibility for our students who have chosen face-to-...
07/30/2020
A Letter from the FISD Chief Academic Officer

Today, the Frisco Independent School District announced additional flexibility for our students who have chosen face-to-face instruction but who will be starting the 2020-'21 school year virtually until September 3rd.

In recent days, additional courses have been added to our Virtual Academy in response to requests from parents and students.

I am thankful for our hard-working administrative team who continue to respond to feedback and concerns received from our community by providing additional flexibility and choice for our students where possible and allowed by the state of Texas.

I expect more announcements will follow as we approach the start of the 2020-'21 school year on August 13th. Thank you to all who have reached out.

Chief Academic Officer Dr. Wes Cunningham explains how expectations have changed slightly for face-to-face students during the first three weeks of school.

See the breakdown of parent-chosen instructional method from commitment forms received through July 14. On this page, yo...
07/20/2020
Frisco Independent School District

See the breakdown of parent-chosen instructional method from commitment forms received through July 14. On this page, you can also drill into the data by campus. Changes will be accepted soon. More info at the link below.

Frisco ISD has released data related to the instructional environment selected by families for the 2020-21 school year. As of July 14, 47% of families selected on-campus learning and 44% selected virtual learning. See a detailed campus by campus breakdown: http://ow.ly/CBwX30qZzA6

Have a safe and happy 4th of July! ๐Ÿ—ฝ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
07/04/2020

Have a safe and happy 4th of July! ๐Ÿ—ฝ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

โ€œYou will never know how much it has cost [my] generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make a good use of it.โ€ -- John Adams

Detailed guidance to assist parents with the decision of whether to send children back to their FISD campus or to our FI...
06/29/2020

Detailed guidance to assist parents with the decision of whether to send children back to their FISD campus or to our FISD virtual academy...

As Frisco ISD prepares for the 2020-2021 school year, parents will be asked to complete their student's commitment form by July 10.

For information about the how the school year will operate visit: http://ow.ly/xGvF50AkFMv

Questions? Visit the FAQ page: https://www.friscoisd.org/covid-faq

Since 2007, prudent management of our bond issuance and refinancing has saved Frisco ISD taxpayers more than $300 millio...
06/24/2020
Low Rates Save Frisco ISD Taxpayers Millions in Interest

Since 2007, prudent management of our bond issuance and refinancing has saved Frisco ISD taxpayers more than $300 million in interest costs and facilitated our ability to accommodate unprecedented growth. ๐Ÿ’ต ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿซ ๐Ÿ“‰ See how trends in the bond market have worked to your benefit...

Frisco ISD recently took advantage of favorable conditions in the municipal bond market, saving nearly $70 million in interest costs or just over $3.3 million per year for the next 21 years.

Yesterday evening during a relatively quiet meeting, the Frisco ISD Board of Trustees passed a budget for the next fisca...
06/23/2020

Yesterday evening during a relatively quiet meeting, the Frisco ISD Board of Trustees passed a budget for the next fiscal year taking one important step toward opening in August. The budget, of course, continues to prioritize funding for student growth, class size for more personal instruction, and competitive compensation to attract and retain the best educators. However this year, we continue to expand upon the offerings for our community as promised. This budget funds our expansion of Pre-K providing full-day services across the district to eligible families for the first time. We have continued the expansion of our 1:1 technology initiative putting the learning tools of today into more students' hands. We're hiring additional personnel to support our special education students -- a population whose growth has outpaced that of the district as a whole. Further, we are adding resources to support counseling, social/emotional health, and student programs both academic and extracurricular.

Financially, the district is in a sound position. The board will be taking action this fall to lower the district's property tax rate for the third year in a row -- a reduction of more than 14 pennies on the total tax rate since 2017. Much work has gone into getting us here, and efforts to work with our legislators and educate our community on Texas school finance have begun to bear fruit.

In the present environment, there is not much that feels normal, but this team of administrators and trustees has been hard at work to deliver quality and choice to our students as well as support to our educators all while remaining flexible in our response to what 2020 has thrown at us. I am proud of the work of this group and to be a part of Frisco ISD.

More here: https://www.friscoisd.org/news/district-headlines/2020/06/23/approved-budget-provides-additional-support-for-students

Budget presentations:
โ€ข January 21 - Budget Workshop: https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicMeetingMaterials.aspx?ak=43905&mk=50359761

โ€ข May 13 - Budget Workshop: https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicMeetingMaterials.aspx?ak=43905&mk=50375999

โ€ข June 8 - Regular Meeting: https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicItemDownload.aspx?ik=46508934 & https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicItemDownload.aspx?ik=46508947

โ€ข June 22 - Special Meeting: https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicItemDownload.aspx?ik=46575569

If you had told me when I posted this picture back on August 15th (the first day of school) what the world had in store ...
05/28/2020

If you had told me when I posted this picture back on August 15th (the first day of school) what the world had in store for the Frisco ISD community this year, I'd not have believed you in a million years. But here we are -- officially wrapping up the last day of "school" for our students. โ€ผ๏ธWhat a spring it has beenโ€ผ๏ธ

I want to send a personal thank you to the kids, parents, teachers, staff, and administrators who supported this herculean effort these past two months. You were giving, flexible, empathetic, and trusting. Thank you.

To the seniors: I am thrilled to be able to celebrate your accomplishments with you this weekend. I can't wait to see the excitement in your faces as you gather as a class and take that deserving walk to become graduates of the Frisco Independent School District. Congratulations to all of you! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ“

Finally, the feedback we've received as a board this spring, the thanks, constructive criticism, and the grace shown has really put a spotlight on the best of our community. We've got plenty more to do, and we're certainly at our best when we do it together. #ourFISDstory

First day is here! Make it a great day Frisco ISD! #FISDFirstDay #ourFISDstory

This was a very memorable day for all of us back in 2017. Rest In Peace Congressman Johnson. Thank you for your service.
05/28/2020

This was a very memorable day for all of us back in 2017. Rest In Peace Congressman Johnson. Thank you for your service.

Far and away, the Top 10 Luncheon is one of the coolest events of the spring season during which the top 10 graduates fr...
05/21/2020
Frisco ISD Honors Each High Schoolโ€™s Top 10 Graduates

Far and away, the Top 10 Luncheon is one of the coolest events of the spring season during which the top 10 graduates from each of our high schools share their accomplishment with parents and a teacher who has profoundly impacted their K-12 experience. ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐ŸŽ“ ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŽ“ ๐Ÿ’™ ๐Ÿ’› ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿซ ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿซ

This year, we didnโ€™t get to celebrate these students normally, but take a look here and enjoy a video presentation of the ๐Ÿ’ฏ Frisco Independent School District top 10 graduates from across this great district.

Congratulations seniors! ๐ŸŽ‰ The future looks bright! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

See the list of top 10 graduates from the Class of 2020.

Big props to the Frisco Education Foundation for bringing Scholarship Night to over 600 of our seniors' doorsteps.  ๐ŸŽ“ ๐Ÿ… ...
05/20/2020

Big props to the Frisco Education Foundation for bringing Scholarship Night to over 600 of our seniors' doorsteps. ๐ŸŽ“ ๐Ÿ… ๐ŸŽ‰ COVID-19 may have changed a lot of plans this spring, but it was great to be a part of this reimagined celebration for the #ClassOf2020.

Here are just a few of the stops we made this morning on our route to greet these Liberty High School Redhawks scholarship recipients.

Thank you to Texas Health for your support of our Frisco Independent School District Class of 2020 and to the #FEF Board for turning lemons ๐Ÿ‹ ๐Ÿ‹ into lemonade.

#ForTheStudents #InvestInTheFuture #Scholarships #SupportOurSeniors2020 #ourFISDstory

Itโ€™s a good news kind of week. Check out this new partnership opportunity for our Frisco ISD graduates...
05/12/2020
New Partnership Expands Student Access to Tarleton State University

Itโ€™s a good news kind of week. Check out this new partnership opportunity for our Frisco ISD graduates...

Starting with the Class of 2021, Frisco ISD graduates in the top 25% of their graduating classes will earn automatic admission to Tarleton State University.

Application approved and on track for delivery in 2021. โœ… ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ
05/11/2020
Frisco Independent School District

Application approved and on track for delivery in 2021. โœ… ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

The Secretary of the Navy has approved Frisco ISDโ€™s request to establish a Navy National Defense Cadet Corps (NNDCC) unit at Lebanon Trail High School. The District is committed to establishing a new NNDCC class effective in the 2021-22 school year. Details: http://ow.ly/lwhQ30qFbdL

We plan, we pivot, and we plan again ๐Ÿง -- all worth it to be able to congratulate the Frisco Independent School District...
05/08/2020

We plan, we pivot, and we plan again ๐Ÿง -- all worth it to be able to congratulate the Frisco Independent School District Class of 2020 together, in person, at Toyota Stadium with their families present cheering them on. ๐ŸŽ‰ ๐ŸŽ“

Special thanks to our administrators and principals who have been diligent and flexible as we've tried to thread this needle. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ Thanks, too, to the City of Frisco for their assistance and the FC Dallas organization for their willingness to help our 10 high schools find a place to gather.

I'm really looking forward to this class salvaging just a part of this time of year. It has always been my favorite as a trustee. ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŽ“ ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐ŸŽ“ Itโ€™s time to celebrate!

Details of the ceremonies can be found at the link below. Admission is by ticket only. https://www.friscoisd.org/about/resources-and-information/graduation-ceremonies

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John Classe is a Certified Financial Plannerโ„ข professional and has been serving clients with Bell Financial Group in Frisco since 2002. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a minor in Computer Science from Vanderbilt University. John has served as a Frisco Independent School District trustee since 2014, is a past president of the board, and currently serves as board secretary.

John is a graduate of Leadership Frisco XVI and has served as a board member of the Frisco Education Foundation, Frisco Economic Development Corporation, Frisco Community Development Corporation, a commissioner on the City of Frisco 2013 Charter Review Commission, and a member and chair of the Frisco Parks and Recreation Board.

John and his wife Melanie have two daughters, Harley and Mason, who attend Vandeventer Middle School and Isbell Elementary in Frisco, respectively. John is an assistant soccer coach for Masonโ€™s team and a proud WatchD.O.G.S. dad and PTA member. He tries to make sure he is on WatchD.O.G.S. rotation near each daughterโ€™s birthday. John admits that volunteering a full day at an elementary school can be โ€œharder than a day in the office,โ€ and encourages all FISD dads and father-figures to get involved and spend a day in their childโ€™s school.

John grew up in the Dallas area as a third-generation North Texan. He spent his early years in Richardson, where he attended Springridge Elementary School. A family move to the St. Louis area led him to realize the advantage of a smaller educational environment. He and Melanie met in high school, where graduating classes were made up of about 450 students. โ€œIt gave me an understanding of what a small school can do for its students,โ€ John says.

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Good luck!
Good for you,John! Always interested in what you are doing. Mean Maw