Richard Matkin was named superintendent of schools during the spring of 2012 by the Plano ISD Board of Trustees. Mr. Matkin joined the Plano ISD family of employees in 2001 as the associate superintendent for business services, managing a budget of approximately half a billion dollars. The experiences that prepared him for the rigors of the district, which serves 55,000 students and feels the full impact of a complicated public school finance system, included similar roles in Duncanville, White Settlement, Carrollton-Farmers Branch, Desoto and Red Oak ISDs.
Mr. Matkin was a classroom teacher for eight years before choosing an administrative path. A career educator, he also has private industry experience as a controller and CPA where he honed his business acumen and financial creativity. Under his leadership, Plano ISD has annually earned the prestigious Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada, and the district has earned the highest rating of “Superior Achievement” in the state’s Schools FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas) program.
His forty years of experience have yielded him the reputation as a school finance authority and relationships with young professionals as a mentor. Plano ISD voters have shown their confidence in Mr. Matkin’s financial stewardship over the past decade by approving all bond referendums placed on the ballot for consideration.
Mr. Matkin is a graduate of Austin College with both bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees. In October, 2013, the college honored him with a Distinguished Alumni Award. Mr. Matkin is a Certified Public Accountant and a certified teacher of math, history, health and physical education. He and his wife Debbie have two children and two grandchildren.