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15 March . 2021

Frisco ISD’s Minett Elementary will be a showcase of new ideas for learning

Located on Hollyhock’s western edge, Frisco ISD’s new Buddy and Joni Minett Elementary School will open its doors in 2022 with a completely new design that embraces modern technology, collaborative learning and other fresh ideas. 

The original plan was to use previous elementary school designs with a few modifications. In early 2020, however, school board members decided to completely re-envision the school’s design to make it a showcase of modern learning and teaching philosophies.

After seeking input from students, parents, teachers and community members, Frisco ISD and their architects studied modern learning environments in Frisco and around the world to make sure the new school would incorporate the latest best practices in childhood education.

They came up with a thoroughly modern design that will be filled with natural light and flexible workspaces that encourage collaborative learning. The school will also have a significant outdoor learning area with a performance space, outdoor classroom, shaded gathering area and weather station.

The school is planned to open in the Fall of 2022, with attendance zones to be established this fall, according to Frisco ISD.

Originally referred to as Elementary #43, this new school at Hollyhock is now officially named Buddy and Joni Minett Elementary School, in honor of two exemplary leaders who have left an indelible stamp on the Frisco community.

Buddy moved to Frisco in 1982 and has served in many public roles, including six years on the Frisco City Council, during which time he was mayor pro-tem and deputy mayor pro-tem. He received the Frisco Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year award in 2006 and the Spirit of Frisco award in 2013.

Buddy served on the Frisco ISD board for eight years during a time of significant growth. As board president for three years, he was dedicated to shaping the future of the district for all children, including his five daughters, who all graduated from Frisco High School.

He continues to work for the betterment of the community, having served as president of the Heritage Association of Frisco and co-chair of the Shawnee Trail Cowboy Day Festival. He plans the annual Frisco Community Parade with the help of his wife, Joni.

Joni is a second-generation Frisco High School graduate who helped her parents, Sonny and Joanne McSpedden, create parade floats for the annual Frisco Homecoming Parade, which eventually evolved into the Frisco Community Parade. She has participated in the parade in various capacities for more than four decades.

She served as a secretary in the superintendent’s office from 1986-91. As an avid Frisco ISD parent with a lifetime PTA membership, she volunteered at every opportunity and sat on numerous committees. A fervent supporter of the Frisco Education Foundation, Joni was honored as a Spirit of Frisco Award recipient by the Chamber of Commerce in 2004. She continues to serve on several committees in the community.

Learn more about Hollyhock’s Frisco ISD schools, including Panther Creek High School, opening on the community’s eastern edge in 2022.