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Frisco Independent School District elections (2014)

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2014 Frisco Independent School District Elections

General Election date:
May 10, 2014
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
Texas
Frisco Independent School District
Denton County, Texas ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Texas
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Two seats on the Frisco Board of Trustees were scheduled for general election on May 10, 2014. Incumbents Anne McCausland and Debbie Gillespie won re-election without opposition when the district canceled elections.[1]

About the district

See also: Frisco Independent School District, Texas
Frisco Independent School District is located in Denton County, Texas
Frisco Independent School District is based in Frisco, Texas, a city located in portions of Collin County and Denton County. According to the United States Census Bureau, Frisco is home to 128,176 residents.[2] Frisco Independent School District is the 27th-largest school district in Texas, serving 40,123 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[3]

Demographics

Frisco outperformed the rest of Texas in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 58.3 percent of Frisco residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.3 percent for Texas as a whole. The median household income in Frisco was $108,428 compared to $51,563 for the state of Texas. The poverty rate in Frisco was 4.5 percent compared to 17.4 percent for the entire state.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2010[2]
Race Frisco (%) Texas (%)
White 75.0 70.4
Black or African American 8.1 11.8
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 0.7
Asian 10.0 3.8
Two or More Races 3.1 2.7
Hispanic or Latino 12.1 37.6

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[4]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 33.3 64.9
2008 37.4 61.6
2004 29.4 69.9
2000 27.3 69.6

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[5]

Method of board member selection

The Frisco Board of Trustees consists of seven members elected to three-year terms. Members are elected to specific seats but represent the entire district. There was no primary election and a general election was scheduled for May 10, 2014 prior to cancellation. Two seats will be on the ballot in May 2015 and three seats will be up for election in May 2016.[6]

Candidates for the Board of Trustees submitted paperwork with the school district secretary by February 28, 2014. Each candidate must be at least 18 years old, a registered voter and a resident of the district for at least six months. Members file two campaign finance reports with the district clerk prior to the election unless they have not received or spent $500 during the campaign.[6]

Elections

Candidates

2014

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  • Anne McCausland Green check mark transparent.png
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, Collin College and Baylor University
    • Community volunteer

  • Debbie Gillespie Green check mark transparent.png
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, Southwest Texas State University
    • Community volunteer

Endorsements

No candidate received an endorsement in this election.

Campaign finance

No candidate filed a campaign finance report with the district office.[6]

Past elections

What was at stake?

Issues in the district

$775 million bond on the May 2014 ballot

Voters approved a $775 million bond in the May 10, 2014 election. This package will expand classroom capacity to 66,000 students and add 14 new schools to the district. The final proposal was increased $17 million from an earlier draft due to higher costs for local land purchases. District officials noted that the package includes $665.7 million for facilities, $103.2 million for instructional services and $6.1 million for special programs. The bond package increases the debt service tax rate of local property owners to 50 cents per $100 of assessed value, which is the highest rate allowed by state law.[8]

Local activist Tom Fabry led opposition to the May bond vote. Fabry opposed the district's efforts to raise debt service to state limits. He also believed that the bond package could be smaller by eliminating technology and other rapidly depreciating assets. District officials countered that the district's rapid growth necessitates a large-scale investment in new facilities.[9]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Frisco Independent School District election in 2014 prior to cancellation:[6]

Deadline Event
January 29, 2014 First day to file paperwork for ballot placement
February 28, 2014 Last day to file paperwork for ballot placement
March 5, 2014 Last day to withdraw from ballot
April 10, 2014 Due date for first campaign finance report
April 10, 2014 Last day for voter registration with county clerk
May 1, 2014 Last day to request mailed ballot from county clerk
May 2, 2014 Due date for second campaign finance report
May 10, 2014 Election day
May 21, 2014 Final day for canvassing of votes
July 15, 2014 Last campaign finance report for election

Additional elections on the ballot

The Board of Trustees election would have shared the ballot with other local elections. District residents approved a $775 million bond package to increase school capacity to 66,000 students. Voters chose candidates for mayor and Frisco City Council. The ballot also included 14 proposed amendments to the city charter.[10]

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