What's Happening in Plano ISD
Ski Plano January 31 at Southfork Ranch
Purchase tickets now for Ski Plano 2015! This 19th wintry season, the Ski Plano Lodge will once again take over Southfork Ranch in Parker from 6:30 to 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 31, 2015. The casual and fun Ski Plano event is the annual fundraising gala hosted by the Plano ISD Education Foundation. Proceeds will benefit students and teachers through the Foundation's programs. Watch this promo video , and read more on the Foundation website.
2015 Superintendent Search Timeline
Following 40 years of distinguished service to public education, Superintendent of Schools Richard Matkin is retiring at the end of this month. The school board is conducting a superintendent search with the assistance of an executive search firm. View the search timeline on this website.
2015 State Legislative Session Updates
The 84th Texas Legislature will convene on January 13, 2015. In preparation, the Plano ISD Board of Trustees formed a legislative sub-committee to develop several priorities. Read about the board's legislative priorities and a related timeline on the "Advocacy for Plano ISD" web page.
2014 Ebola Awareness
Plano ISD followed the changing news related to the Ebola cases in Dallas in October, 2014. School district updates were posted on this website.
State School Finance Lawsuit Update
In August, 2014, a state judge declared Texas' school finance system unconstitutional, emphasizing that the current funding system evolved into an unconstitutional statewide property tax. All school district plaintiffs succeeded on their claims.
HB5 Update: Grad Requirements / CSEAS
The Texas Legislature's passage of House Bill 5 in 2013 resulted in new graduation requirements and a new Community and Student Engagement Accountability System (CSEAS) for rating schools and districts. Plano ISD leaders explained these new programs at a spring meeting of the district's Key Communicators group. Watch the meeting video , and read more about the new requirements and program.
2014 CSEAS District and School Ratings
The Plano Independent School District reported on August 8, 2014, its accountability ratings for the district and 71 campuses to the Texas Education Agency. The ratings are based upon a new Community and Student Engagement Accountability System (CSEAS). Information about the rating system and the 2014 ratings for Plano ISD and each campus can be found on the district's Awards & Ratings web page, which includes links to CSEAS and other state and federal evaluation reports. Read more about the new rating system on this website.
2013 Tax Rate Election Passes by 62.89%
Plano ISD held a Tax Ratification Election (TRE) on November 5, 2013. Combined early voting and election day voting results follow. For: 12,236 (62.89%), Against: 7,215 (37.11%). Election results are also posted on the Collin County Elections website. The 2013 TRE allowed voters in Plano ISD to adjust the tax rates that fund their schools. Answers to frequently-asked questions can be found on this website.
District Reduces Debt Service Tax Rate
Plano ISD received bids recently to refund a portion of its outstanding bonds issued in 2004. Bids were rated Aaa/AAA - the highest ratings possible - by Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s Rating Agencies. The primary purpose of the refunding was to adjust the debt payments due within the 2014-18 timeframe to allow for a reduction of 5.04 cents in the district’s current debt service tax rate.
2011-12 Budget Reports & Goals
The Plano ISD Board of Trustees heard and discussed several 2011-12 budget reports during their work sessions and regular meetings held spring of 2012. Find information and links to budget reports and board action on this website.
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