Frisco ISD has started construction on Middle School #18, Richard Wilkinson Middle School, at the northwest corner of PGA Parkway and Championship Drive, across the street from Panther Creek High School.
The campus is named for Richard Wilkinson, who worked in education for 36 years, including the final 20 years in Frisco ISD. When Wilkinson started his tenure with Frisco ISD in 1997 as the Executive Director of Business Operations, the school District had 3,715 students and five campuses. When he retired in 2017 as the Deputy Superintendent of Business Services, the District had 58,450 students and 68 campuses.
Wilkinson Middle School will be two-stories and from a design inspired by input from FISD staff members. The design emphasizes spaces for collaboration and outdoor learning with flexibility, variety and choice for educators and students. Classrooms will be grouped into academic hubs, with outdoor learning plazas between them. A driving factor in the school’s design is the idea that learning can happen anywhere, so the entire building, including the cafeteria, will serve as a learning tool. This is a continuing trend from from the recent designs of Minett Elementary and Panther Creek High School. The aesthetics of Wilkinson Middle School will play into a general theme that has marked the Panther Creek High School campus across the street. Sumrow said the PGA of America Headquarters located nearby used a “Texas modern” concept for its design, featuring stone, exposed steel and wood.
As part of the 2018 bond program, Wilkinson Middle School will open in the fall of 2023 with students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades.