John Classe is a Certified Financial Planner™ professional and has been serving clients with Bell Financial Group in Frisco since 2002. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a minor in Computer Science from Vanderbilt University. John has served as a Frisco Independent School District trustee since 2014 and is currently president of the board.
John is a graduate of Leadership Frisco XVI and has served as a board member of the Frisco Education Foundation, Frisco Economic Development Corporation, Frisco Community Development Corporation, a commissioner on the City of Frisco 2013 Charter Review Commission, and a member and chair of the Frisco Parks and Recreation Board.
John and his wife Melanie have two daughters, Harley and Mason, who attend Vandeventer Middle School and Isbell Elementary in Frisco, respectively. John is an assistant soccer coach for Mason’s team and a proud WatchD.O.G.S. dad and PTA member. He tries to make sure he is on WatchD.O.G.S. rotation near each daughter’s birthday. John admits that volunteering a full day at an elementary school can be “harder than a day in the office,” and encourages all FISD dads and father-figures to get involved and spend a day in their child’s school.
John grew up in the Dallas area as a third-generation North Texan. He spent his early years in Richardson, where he attended Springridge Elementary School. A family move to the St. Louis area led him to realize the advantage of a smaller educational environment. He and Melanie met in high school, where graduating classes were made up of about 450 students. “It gave me an understanding of what a small school can do for its students,” John says.
When John and Melanie came back to Texas and started a family, it was the small‐school model embraced by Frisco ISD that sent them looking for a home in FISD in 2000. Other family members agreed: John’s mom Barbara is a retired Frisco ISD educator, and his sister, Jennifer, taught at Anderson Elementary School.
John looks at the growth Frisco has experienced and is most impressed by the planning done by the school district and the city to prepare for it. He believes the school board and the Frisco City Council members work together to build a community people want to live in. “Rather than carving out turf for each entity, we have accomplished more here and with greater efficiency because the groups work so well together,” John says. He sees part of his responsibility on the board as continuing to uphold the strong tradition of cooperation and planning between the school district, parents, and the communities Frisco ISD serves.