Runners sign up for Murphy Half Marathon, 10K, 5K runs; #MurphyTX runs will benefit scholarships #KyleKucauska #Texasrunningevents #DFWhalfmarathons #DFW10K #DFW5K

From City of Murphy

Run down on running in Murphy: The evolution of the running races in Murphy has reached a new high as the Murphy Half Marathon, 10K & 5K, set for Sunday, May 5, represent the latest iteration of the race which began as part of Murphy Maize Days in 2010.

That initial event, which included a 5K and a one-mile walk, was held in conjunction with the City’s annual fall festival, always scheduled for the final Saturday in September.  Proceeds of the race were set aside for several charities and foundations.

Then in 2014, following the untimely death of Police Sgt. Kyle Kucauskas, a 10K race was added to raise funds for a scholarship program in his honor.  The races were suspended for one year, but have returned, unconnected to Maize Days, but in a larger format with proceeds set exclusively for the Sgt. Kucauskas scholarships.

The Kyle Kucauskas Educational Foundation is a non-profit foundation that is dedicated to the development of future leaders in our next generation of law enforcement.  The educational foundation provides educational assistance to students pursuing careers in the fields of law enforcement and criminal justice.

Races now include a half marathon (13.1 miles) a 10K (6.2 miles) and a 5K (3.1 miles).

Start and finish for all three races is inside Tom Kimbrough Stadium, 700 North Murphy Road.  Race day will begin at 6 a.m. with registration and packet pickup.  The 5K starts at 7 a.m. and both the 10K and the half marathon begin at 7:10 a.m.  There is a four-hour time limit for the half marathon.  Awards for the 5K begin at 8 a.m. Awards for the 10K and half marathon begin at 8:30 a.m. and the course closes at 11 a.m.

*** Registration and additional information on the races, including entry fees and award material, can be obtained at https://www.amptrunning.com/murphy-half/.

All three race layouts are certified by USA Track and Field and feature beautiful views of Murphy and Parker.  The 5K run/walk is a scenic out-and-back course from the stadium, whereas the 10K and half marathon courses take runners along the streets of Murphy and through the peaceful country scenery of Parker.  Runners will pass by the iconic Southfork Ranch, the setting for the 1980s television show, “Dallas.”

All race participants (including 5K and 10K finishers) receive a 4-inch finisher medal and a gender-specific tech T-shirt. Half marathoners receive a custom 13.1 Kyle Miles charm to attach to the finisher medal.

Murphy, Texas, is located east of Plano and US 75.

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Stay alert: Traffic changes in Frisco; road closings, new #roundabouts in Frisco TX

County Road 68 (CR 68) will be closed between Coit Road and Independence Parkway between 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Monday, April 22. During this closure, motorists can use Rolater Road or SH 121 as alternate routes. Detour signs will be posted.

The portion of Simpson Plaza directly in front of the George A. Purefoy Municipal Center will be closed Saturday, April 20, for a special event. The road will close at 6 a.m. and will reopen at 2 p.m.

During the closure, motorists will still be able to approach City Hall and the Public Library from all directions, but they will not be able to drive or park directly in front of the building (see attached map). Any motorist who circulates around Simpson Plaza will be diverted to circulate around the back of the building where they will have access to the free parking garage. ADA accessible parking is available on each level of the garage next to the elevator.

Frisco Square: Parking on the central streets within Frisco Square will be limited to 2 hours or less during the day. Signs have been installed along Coleman Boulevard, around Simpson Plaza, and adjacent to the George A. Purefoy Municipal Center which designate the parking restrictions. These signs are installed at intervals along the street so you may need to look to the left or right in order to see the parking restriction that applies to your parking space.

  • Most of the parking around Simpson Plaza and adjacent to the Municipal Center will be limited to 2-hour parking between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. every day of the week.
  • Most of the parking along Coleman Boulevard will be limited to 30-minute parking between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. every day of the week.

These on-street parking areas are intended for short-term use primarily by customers and visitors to Frisco Square. Residents and employees who need long-term parking can use the parking garages and parking lots behind the buildings. People visiting City Hall and/or the Public Library for longer than two hours can park in the free municipal parking garage behind the building.

These new parking restrictions are implemented according to City of Frisco Ordinance #18-05-21. Once people have become accustomed to the new signs, violation of the parking restrictions will be enforced with the issuance of parking tickets.

Stonebrook: Traffic patterns have been modified on West Stonebrook Parkway so that traffic can utilize the new pavement between Frisco Lakes Boulevard and Anthem Drive. Both directions of traffic have been sharing the south half of the road, but traffic has been switched today so that east and westbound traffic will flow on opposite sides of the median.

Roundabouts: The construction of the roundabout at Ohio Drive and Warren Parkway is complete. This includes opening the roads that have been closed for the past three months: Northbound Ohio Drive will reopen to traffic from Gaylord Parkway to the roundabout and both directions of Warren Parkway will reopen to traffic just east of the roundabout. Traffic will once again be able to travel continuously in both directions along Ohio Drive and Warren Parkway through the area.

The intersection of Ohio Drive and Warren Parkway will be a multi-lane roundabout similar to the one at John Hickman Parkway and Gaylord Parkway. All motorists entering the roundabout will need to yield to traffic in both circulating lanes approaching you from the left. Motorists who were accustomed to entering the partially-completed roundabout during construction should pay special attention to the fact that traffic will now be circulating around the entire roundabout. All motorists are urged to use caution at the intersection until people become accustomed to the new traffic patterns.

 

Frisco ISD: What will be impact of School Finance Legislation #txlegeschoolfinance

Viewpoint from Frisco ISD

The average homeowner in Frisco ISD would save approximately $307 this year in property taxes, while the school district would receive up to an estimated $510 more per student next school year, under a bill passed Wednesday by the Texas House of Representatives.

House Bill 3 pumps billions of new state dollars into public education, while simultaneously decreasing the burden on local taxpayers and addressing systemic problems within the current school funding system.

The bill must now be reconciled with the Senate, which has earmarked the same amount of money in its proposed budget for public education and property tax reform, but proposes spending those dollars in a different way. The key difference is each chamber’s approach to teacher salaries.

The Senate plan includes a $5,000 pay increase for every full-time teacher and librarian in the state at a cost of $4 billion, as well as $2.3 billion for a school finance overhaul and $2.7 billion for property tax relief.

In the House, HB 3 has been amended to include across-the-board raises for all full-time school employees who are not administrators. The amendment requires school districts to spend 25 percent of additional funds received from an increase in the basic allotment, the amount school districts receive annually for each student, on salary increases for employees other than administrators.

At least 75 percent of those dollars must be allocated to across-the-board raises, while the remainder could go to discretionary raises. The provision would apply to any future increases in the basic allotment as well, providing a mechanism for guaranteed staff raises in the future.

Early Childhood School enrollment in Frisco ISD reaches milestone

The enrollment at the Early Childhood School (ECS) hit 1,000 students for the first time in Frisco ISD history this week.

To celebrate the occasion, Principal Melissa Ellis and District administrators welcomed the 1,000th family with balloons and a commemorative T-shirt.

“Early intervention is critical for children with unique needs or challenges and we are committed to serving as many qualifying students as possible in our community,” Ellis said. “We hope to continue to reach more of our FISD students so that we can set them up for the best possible chance of academic and social/emotional success.”

The Early Childhood School serves three- and four-year-old students in an environment focusing on the pre-academic, language, social, emotional and physical needs of young children.

“Those who enroll at ECS outperform those who do not enroll well into their elementary years,” Ellis said. “By creating a strong educational foundation, we want to provide opportunities for continued success throughout their school career and beyond.”

When the ECS opened in 2009, the vision for high-quality Pre-K programming was immediately evident in the language and literacy-rich environment. The developmentally appropriate hands-on curriculum and child-centered classrooms provide students the best opportunity to transition to kindergarten successfully.

Frisco ISD is proud of the Early Childhood School and the opportunities it provides to the community by helping children reach their full educational potential while keeping mind the developmental needs of the students.

One of Frisco ISD’s priorities for the 2019 legislative session is to support the full funding for the statewide expansion of high-quality Pre-K programs with increased access for students. Click here to learn more about the District’s other legislative priorities.

The 86th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature has focused on public education and currently has a provision in House Bill 3 concerning the expansion of early childhood programming. Learn more information on HB3 and its potential impact for the District here.

Students qualify to attend ECS for free if they are homeless, English language learners, part of a low income or active military family, have lived in foster care in Texas or need special education services. The school also enrolls a limited number of Pre-Kindergarten students in a tuition-supported program who would not otherwise qualify to attend. Learn more about ECS programming, how your child might qualify and the registration process.

As ECS celebrates its 10th year and growing enrollment, staff would like to invite past employees and families to the campus April 23, 6-7 p.m. to celebrate during the annual ECS open house.

Frisco ISD: Lebanon Trail High School teacher honored as Tom Norris Texas Academic Decathlon Coach of the Year #AcDec #academicdecathlon

Lebanon Trail High School teacher Jarred Stewart has been selected as the 2019 Tom Norris Texas Academic Decathlon Coach of the Year for medium-sized schools.

Stewart has been coaching since 2012 and took the helm as Lebanon Trail’s Academic Decathlon coach when the campus opened in 2016. With an all-freshman team, Stewart led the team to state, an inspiring fete.

During the second year, Lebanon Trail broke the small school record at state with over 44,000 points as a team, advancing to nationals.

“The academic nature plus the competitiveness of AcDec are a natural fit for me,” Stewart said. “I love that I get to mentor and inspire a team of kids to grow and be better. Teaching them life lessons and watching them succeed on their own hard work is the greatest thing in the world.”

As an AP US History and AP Seminar teacher and Academic Decathlon coach, Stewart always encourages his students to push themselves to their maximum potential.

“Every year there are moments of teaching, lessons that have nothing to do with the actual AcDec curriculum, where I see students learn and grow as young people,” Stewart said. “Sometimes it’s tying a tie, how to correctly tip a server, dealing with defeat or the value of kindness.”

Stewart was honored with a trophy and cash prize at the Texas Academic Decathlon State Meet at Collin College after being nominated by the Lebanon Trail AcDec team.

During the nomination process, the AcDec team explained how Stewart genuinely cares about his students’ individual happiness, even more so than their performance at competitions. He understands and respects everyone, even those who do not compete in Academic Decathlon. He encourages all students to succeed in school and be their own unique individuals.

Frisco TX: RoughRiders topped all of Double-A in attendance for 14th consecutive year in 2018; RoughRiders open 2019 season April 4

The Frisco RoughRiders, the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, finished with the highest attendance among all 30 Double-A franchises for the 14th consecutive season in 2018.

The RoughRiders welcomed 468,259 fans to Dr Pepper Ballpark in 2018, averaging 6,886 per game – an increase from the 2017 average of 6,812. That mark put the Riders well ahead of the next closest Double-A team (Richmond, 6,198).

The RoughRiders brought in seven crowds of at least 10,000 in 2018, including a franchise record 12,067 fans July 20 for Dude Perfect Night. That evening also marked the earliest sellout in RoughRiders history (three days in advance). Additionally, the crowd of 11,015 on April 5 signified the largest Opening Night crowd in franchise history and the 11,844 fans in attendance on May 21 marked the largest day-game crowd in the 16-season history of the franchise

Four of the 2018 crowds ranked among the top 10 in franchise history. All 10 of those crowds have come since the start of the 2015 season, which was the first full season of General Partner & CEO Chuck Greenberg’s ownership tenure.

Greenberg said: “Once again, our great fans proved that they’re the best in Double-A and we’re so grateful for their continued support over the years. … 2018 was a year we were really proud of and we are already hard at work preparing for 2019 to ensure that Riders games continue to be the best place in North Texas for affordable, family-friendly experiences that create unforgettable memories.”

TOP 10 CROWDS IN FRISCO ROUGHRIDERS FRANCHISE HISTORY

  1. 12,067 – July 20, 2018
  2. 11,927 – June 12, 2015
  3. 11,915 – May 8, 2015
  4. 11,897 – May 5, 2017
  5. 11,876 – July 4, 2015
  6. 11,844 – May 21, 2018
  7. 11,842 – May 1, 2016
  8. 11,841 – September 3, 2017
  9. 11,838 – August 25, 2018
  10. 11,837 – August 31, 2018

The RoughRiders open the 2019 season April 4 at Dr Pepper Ballpark. The full 2019 schedule will be released soon, in addition to information on season ticket plans, other ticket packages and group hospitality areas. For more information, visit RidersBaseball.com.

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