Adapt to new learning and career opportunities throughout their lives.
Collaborate with, and contribute to, the global community.
Be disciplined and creative in their thinking.
Superintendent to Retire:
will be January 30, 2015
Having reached a forty-year hallmark as a career public school educator and administrator, Superintendent of Schools Richard Matkin informed the Plano ISD Board of Trustees on October 7 of his retirement. His last day will be January 30, 2015. Trustees officially accepted his resignation at the October 21 school board work session with a formal vote. Mr. Matkin has been superintendent of schools since the spring of 2012 after leading the district in an effective interim role. For eleven years, he served the district as the associate superintendent for business services. As the district's chief financial officer, Mr. Matkin managed a budget of approximately half a billion dollars and directed the implementation of four bond referendums, three of which were passed during his tenure. Under Mr. Matkin's financial and executive leadership, PISD completed $1.2 billion in capital improvements and $163 million in technology initiatives.
District Earns 'Superior' Rating in State's Schools FIRST Program
For the 11th consecutive year, Plano ISD has earned a "superior" rating through the Schools FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas) program. The Schools FIRST rating is based upon a set of several uniform indicators that all school districts in the state are measured against.
State School Finance Lawsuit
A state judge has issued a final judgment declaring the state’s school finance system unconstitutional, emphasizing that the current system has evolved into an unconstitutional statewide property tax.
Ebola Awareness Update
Plano ISD continues to follow the changing news related to the Ebola cases in Dallas. This is an update to our previous community report. In full disclosure, we have been told that there were Plano ISD students from Shepton High School and Plano West Senior High School who were on the outbound Frontier Airlines flight from Dallas to Ohio being reported in the news. We have been in communication with these families and they have been assessed as "no risk." These passengers are under no restrictions.
Dr. Rose Jones Helps Students' Medical Career Interests Blossom at Health Sciences Academy
Rose C. Jones, Ph.D. is the coordinator for the Plano ISD Health Sciences Academy. Talking to her, you can hear and see the passion Dr. Jones has for the academy and the students. “Although the motivating factor changes, the personal conviction and drive to become a health care provider is the common thread among these young students. And what could be more powerful than this, helping them lasso their dreams?” she says.
Plano ISD Employees Generously Donate $131,000+ to United Way
United Way agencies will benefit from more than $131,000 raised during Plano ISD's recent United Way campaign. This generous contribution by Plano ISD employees will help to ensure that critical services are available to individuals and families in need in North Texas. Read a list of this year's school and department "goal busters."