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Advisory Committees

The school district continually seeks individuals willing to serve on district committees and task forces to study issues involving the education of Plano ISD students and to make recommendations to the board of trustees and district-based improvement committee. Following are descriptions of these advisory district committees and lists of current advisory committee members appointed by trustees.

To apply to become a member of one of the following committees, complete the Plano ISD Advisory Committee Application Form (9k) , and return it to the Office of the Superintendent, Plano Independent School District, 2700 W. 15th Street, Plano, TX 75075.

Career and Technical Education

The committee shall consist of no less than 15 members. Members shall serve three-year terms with one-third of the membership appointed each year. The committee shall be composed of representatives of the general public, business, industry and labor with one member knowledgeable of at-risk students, one member representing parents of program participants, and at least one representative from each Career and Technical Education program area offered in the district.

The Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee will advise the board concerning programs which provide students career pathways and skills necessary to pursue a career. The committee may study the advisability of adding, deleting and changing various programs based on the needs of the community and student body of the district. The board of trustees or superintendent may direct the committee to study and make recommendations on specific issues. [19 TAC 78.2(b)]

2016-2017 Goals:
  • Continue to define the demand for vocational certifications needed in the North Texas job market based upon real market data that will support the existing and planned programs and support the board’s high school academy development guidelines and goals.
  • Identify potential business and education partners that work together to create new learning opportunities for our students.
  • Identify opportunities for our students to study and/or practice the discipline of entrepreneurship and identify community partners to help achieve this goal.

Members

Sabrina Belt

Alex Phillips

Bart Ridley

Stratton Brown* Marie Polzer* Candy Slocum
John Caldwell Carla Graham Cynthia Sulewski
Gary Cook Tommy Guynes* Travis Waddell
Andy Eckerman Jamie Hanna (Council
of PTAs representative)
Cheryl Wells*
Bill Freeman* David Hitt (staff liaison) Kelley Wonsmos*
Nona Gill* Joe Molina* Mike Zack
* Plano ISD staff

Meetings

  • October 12, 2016
  • November 16, 2016
  • February 1, 2017
  • March 22, 2017

All meetings will be held from 5:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Administration Center, room 311.

Diversity

The committee shall consist of a minimum of 15 members. Members shall serve three-year terms with one-third of the membership appointed each year. The committee membership shall represent, to the extent possible, the diversity of the Plano school community and staff. The committee members shall focus their attention on any Plano ISD program or current issue regarding race, religion, ethnicity or disability-related situation.

The committee may study the advisability of adding, deleting and changing various programs based on the needs of the community and student body of the district. The board or superintendent may direct the committee to study and make recommendations on specific issues. The committee will report directly to the board since the issues addressed do not usually fall within the purview of the District Based Improvement Committee.

2016-2017 Goals:
  • Develop and implement a parental support program in support of the district’s Commitment to Equity program (formerly known as Equal Opportunity Schools) that is working to reduce student opportunity gaps at all grade levels.

Members

Khalil Abdur Rashid

Flor Hamilton

Sandy Spoonemore

Aquil Bayyan*

Adrienne Hunter*

Dollie Thomas (staff liaison)

Dr. Deborah Bonner*

Lupin Hussain

Misty Tippen

Ben Bowling*

Jerry Jeffress

Tramy Tran*

Autry Daniel (staff liaison)

Rev. Arthur Jones

Jenny Wakefield

Vicki Ellis-Olson

Suzanne Mitchell (Council of PTAs representative)

John Williams*

Courtney Fournier

Zan Moore

Lakshmi Yerragudi

Dominique Guerin

Rev. Patrick Price

 
* Plano ISD staff

Meetings

  • October 25, 2016
  • November 15, 2016
  • December 13, 2016
  • December 16, 2016 - HR Conference Room
  • January 17, 2017
  • January 19, 2017- 7:00 p.m. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Event (Williams High School Auditorium, pre-show begins at 6:30 p.m.)
  • February 21, 2017
  • March 21, 2017
  • April 18, 2017 - Administration Center, room 311
  • May 11, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. Teacher of the Year Gala (Plano Centre)
  • May 16, 2017

All meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at the Administration Center, room 309, unless otherwise stated above.

Health

The Plano ISD School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) is an advisory group whose members include parents, students, teachers, staff members and diverse community representation.  The group acts collectively to provide advice to the school district on all aspects of the school health program. 

The council’s duties include recommending the number of hours of instruction to be provided in health education and reviewing curriculum appropriate for specific grade levels designed to prevent obesity, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. The council’s duties also include reviewing and recommending methods of instruction for human sexuality in appropriate grade levels.  In addition, the council can review and recommend coordinated school health strategies for integrating appropriate curriculum components through the following: 1) health education, 2) physical education, 3) physical activity, 4) nutrition services, 5) parental involvement, 6) school health service, 7) counseling and guidance services, 8) employee wellness, and 9) a safe and healthy school environment. The board of trustees may direct the committee to study and make recommendations on specific issues. [TEC 28.004(e)

2016-2017 Goals:
  • Implement stress reducing measures for students and staff that were identified through the 2015-2016 committee work.
  • Review studies related to contributors to suicide, identify best practices in suicide prevention and recommend actions for the district to take.
  • Review findings from concussion research, identify best practices in concussion prevention, identification and return to play and recommend any changes to district practices.
  • Revision of wellness plan and policy.

Members

Jonathan Bannister*

Molly Pipak*

Margaret Sylvester

Iwaz Barwari

Zack Pruett*

Mary Swinton*

Dr. Charles Coleman

Dr. Sudi Randoing

Lisa Thibodeaux*

Linda Coleman

Megan Schuler (staff liaison)

Tina Venegas*

Janet Howell*

Karen Shepherd*

Krishna Upadhyaya

Cynthia Lee*

Christine Slote (Council
of PTAs representative)

Julie Walker*

Bryan McCord* (staff liaison)

Kim Soto

Jennifer Waters
* Plano ISD staff

Meetings

  • October 3, 2016 Agenda PDF filePPT PowerPoint file  MinutesPDF file
  • December 5, 2016
  • February 6, 2017
  • May 15, 2017

All meetings will be held from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Administration Center, room 311.

Gifted and Talented (PACE)

The committee shall consist of no less than 15 members and they shall serve three-year terms with one-third of the membership appointed each year. The committee shall be composed of parents, community members and staff. Members of the committee shall be asked to study and make recommendations concerning the various components of the gifted and talented program.

The committee will focus on district equity, the relationship among the programs and the unique needs of each program. The committee may study the advisability of adding, deleting and changing various programs based on the needs of the community and student body of the district. The board of trustees or superintendent may direct the committee to study and make recommendations on specific issues.

2016-2017 Goals:
  • Develop and implement a parental support program in support of the district’s commitment to equity program (formerly known as equal opportunity schools) that is working to reduce student opportunity gaps at all grade levels.
  • Recommend policies and changes to assure that the district does not block student progress in any way.

Members

Kristy Alexander

Laura Dizien*

Steve Matthews

Jahnette Alter

Meryl Evans

Lashunda Moore

Theresa Biggs (staff liaison)

Ritu Gupta

David Morales*

Cherie Brewington

John Hall

Dragana Pavlesic (Council of PTAs representative)

Lisa Carlson

Linda Joshua

Martha Umana*

Tobi Cornell

 

 

Meetings

  • October 24, 2016
  • November 28, 2016
  • February 27, 2017 - Administration Center, room 311
  • April 24, 2017

All meetings will be held from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Administration Center, board room unless otherwise stated above.

Special Education

The committee shall consist of a minimum of 15 members. Members shall serve three-year terms with one-third of the membership appointed each year. Ten members of the committee shall be comprised of parents who have children currently supported by special education services and at least one staff member from each of the major disability areas supported by the district.

The special education advisory committee shall advise the school board concerning services provided to students identified as having special needs. The school board or superintendent may direct the committee to study and make recommendations on specific issues.

2016-2017 Goals:
  • Identify outside best practices to develop a prioritized list of program recommendations for implementation in the adult transition center and transition further into work or other educational support programs.
  • Seek and evaluate parent input in a process of gauging interest and identifying services needs for off-site accommodations and services for students with significant behavioral disorders.

Members

Lori Baker

Jason Gregorek

Tracy Ryerson*

Cyndi Banish (Council of PTAs representative)

Amanda Jackson

Tamara Sadafsaz

Dr. Allan Bird

Sandy Knight*

Mia Tangeman

Clay Boatright

Jackie Luecke

Deanna Tatum*

Teresa Bronsky

Debbie Martin*

Emily Vadner*

Dr. Christie Duke (staff liaison)

Bethany Rogers*  
* Plano ISD staff

Meetings

  • October 11, 2016 - Administration Center, room 311
  • November 29, 2016 - Sockwell Center
  • January 31, 2017 - Administration Center, room 311
  • April 11, 2017 - Sockwell Center

All meetings will be held from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.