New middle school and COVID comments heard at board meeting

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Trisha Dasgupta

At the September FISD board meeting, the design plans of Middle School #18 were presented. During the public comment section, many things were of concern including mask mandates and the health clinic for employees.

Kirthi Gummadi, Executive Producer

Dozens of parents and students gathered at the monthly board meeting on Monday night at the Frisco ISD administration building. Among the issues discussed in front of the board of trustees were the plans for middle school #18 located near Panther Creek High School. 

“We came up with six driving factors for the build: collaboration, flexibility, student empowerment, outdoor learning, variety of spaces, and the concept of learning happens anywhere,” Corgan Principal Brett Sumrow said.

The new middle school will feature a floor plan different from most middle schools with it being a two-story building. 

Soon after, the public comment portion of the meeting began, which featured more than a dozen people addressing the school board, with the vast majority either supporting or opposing mask mandates.

“Board, as you can see, the flu has been more deadly to kids during the season than covid has been since the first case in America,” Zoey Young said to the board. “What is the reason we are masking our kids?”

“I’m here to ask you to please implement a mask mandate to put a stop to this madness,” Harold Jimenez said to the board. “Provide a safe environment for children to go to school, for our teachers to teach and for our community to be safe.”

However, the topic of a mask mandate was not on last night’s agenda.