Video taken January 3, 2024 | Provided by Lee Lewis Construction
As part of the 2020 Bond package, Frenship ISD will open a ninth elementary school in August of 2024. Frenship is one of the fastest growing school districts in Texas, and the addition of a ninth elementary school will help accommodate the growing student enrollment.
Name: Ridgewood Elementary School (Name finalized in January 2024 after the community submitted name nominations)
Site Secured: Summer 2021
Open House: May - June 2024
Doors Open: August 2024
Location: 5506 Xenia Avenue, Lubbock, Texas 79407
Principal Hired: Summer 2023 - Brandy Copeland
Attendance Boundary Process: Fall 2023 - January 2024 (Attendance Boundaries finalized in January 2024)
Naming Ridgewood Elementary
Naming new schools is a big decision and Frenship ISD believes it is important to include our staff, students, parents, and community in the decision-making process. To help name the new elementary school, Frenship ISD opened a public survey and received nearly 1,200 name submissions. During the January 18, 2024, school board meeting, the Frenship ISD Board of Trustees approved one the name submissions, Ridgewood Elementary, as the name of the ninth elementary school.
November 13-30, 2023 - Public survey for Frenship parents, students, staff, and community members to submit a name for the elementary
December 2023 - Top name nominations were reviewed by District administrators and Board of Trustees
January 18, 2024 - The Board of Trustees voted and approved the name: Ridgewood Elementary School
Attendance Boundaries for the Ninth Elementary School
The opening of Ridgewood Elementary in August of 2024 will impact attendance boundaries for Frenship's elementary schools. Guided by School Board Policy (FC Local), Frenship ISD gathered input from Frenship parents and community members on the boundary considerations.
Frenship hosted two public town hall meetings to discuss the elementary attendance boundary options, answer questions, and allow parents and community members to provide feedback. Based on that feedback, the boundary options were revised, and a third town hall meeting was held to discuss the revisions.
Attendance Boundary Timeline:
October 17, 2023 - Public town hall meeting at Willow Bend Elementary at 6p.m.
October 18, 2023 - Public town hall meeting at Bennett Elementary at 6p.m.
November 16, 2023 - Public comments and feedback from the town halls and submitted to the Frenship boundaries email will be presented to the Board of Trustees during the November school board meeting
December 6, 2023 - Public town hall meeting to discuss revisions to the proposed boundary maps, Upland Heights Elementary at 6 p.m.
December 18, 2023 - Recommendation to the Board of Trustees on the proposed attendance boundaries as a discussion item, community members can make public comments and provide input at the school board meeting
January 18, 2024 - The Board of Trustees will vote and adopt the new elementary attendance boundaries
Spring of 2024 - The district will develop grandfathering and other guidelines related to the 2024-2025 attendance boundaries
Principal - Brandy Copeland
Frenship ISD is thrilled to announce that Brandy Copeland will be the Ninth Frenship Elementary School principal. Copeland takes on this new role as she begins her 20th year in education, and fourth year at Frenship ISD.
Copeland joined the Frenship family in 2020 as the principal of Westwind Elementary. She brings a wealth of knowledge to her new role, including serving in educational leadership positions for the last 10 years. She is also the past recipient of the Region 18 Assistant Principal of the Year during her time in Midland, an award that recognized her excellence in leadership.
Over the next year, Copeland will work on the logistics of opening the ninth elementary school including staffing, campus procedures, and ensuring the facility and programs are equitable to Frenship’s existing eight elementary campuses. Frenship’s Ninth Elementary School is scheduled to open in August of 2024.