Students from Richwoods, Lawler Park and Liberty Crossing are all currently zoned for Independence High School that will be opening in August of 2014
The big news is that the mascot of Independence High will be the Knights!
Will a suit of armor hold pride of place at the new Independence High School? Will the mascot carry foam swords and shields to football games? What will be the IHS official school team slogan and hand signal?
The new Principal Alan Waligura has been asking many future IHS students at meetings across the District.
Students who currently attend Centennial, Heritage and Liberty high schools, as well as Maus, Roach, Scoggins, Vandeventer and Wester middle schools is who Waligura has been talking to according to the FISD websites.
As principal, Waligura wants the first IHS students to have a voice in determining what a knight will stand for, what a knight’s shield will say and what a knight will defend. After all, it’s the students who chose a knight for the school’s mascot in January.
Independence will be the seventh high school to serve Frisco ISD students when it opens in August. The curriculum will be the same as FISD’s six other high schools and the student handbooks will read the same, but these first students and eventually the first faculty members will have the responsibility of establishing the school’s personality, its honor and character.
The staff at Independence High already has named the campus secretary Shannon Slade and four assistant principals: Chakosha Powell, currently an assistant principal at J.J. Pearce in Richardson ISD; Stephanie Sipes, currently an assistant principal at Shepton High School in Plano ISD; Hector Garcia, who will move from Lone Star High School; and Eric Green, who will move from Heritage. Other campus leaders include Heather Holmes, lead counselor; Kyle Story, athletic coordinator; and Chris Cansler, band director.
My only heard concern is that students of Richwoods and Lawler Park that will attend Independence High will NOT be provided buses since they are located under the 2 mile mark. The only reason this is a big deal is the students would have to walk or ride a bike across a busy Main Street and there is not even sidewalks currently.
But we shall see how the school district handles this one!
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Most of the Richwoods is beyond 2 mile radius from Independence High (assuming FISD’s uses aerial 2 mile radius). Only a portion of Richwoods is under 2 mile radius. I am not sure if they can get away this time around by denying bus sericeve for Richwoods..