What's Happening in Plano ISD
Seventy-eight Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists
Plano ISD joins with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation in recognizing 78 seniors who have been awarded semifinalist standing in the 61st Annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These Plano ISD students are among 16,000 academically talented seniors who have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million to be awarded next spring.
Plano ISD Students Represent 2% of Nation's Semifinalists in Prestigious Science Contest
Representing six out of 300 national semifinalists in the 2015 Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering Rising Star) competition, Plano ISD students proved 20 times more likely to be selected as a semifinalist in this premier middle school science and engineering fair. Plano ISD’s 12,600 middle school students make up approximately 0.1% of sixth, seventh and eighth graders in the nation, while representing 2% of these top competition semifinalists.
Graduation Videos + DVD and Photo Orders
Plano ISD graduation videos can be viewed on our graduation website and on PISDTV. Several graduation videos are posted in this graduation playlist on YouTube. The three ceremony videos will also air on Plano ISD cable TV. Visit the graduation website for information about ordering photos and DVDs.
Plano ISD Welcomes New Superintendent
Dr. Brian T. Binggeli joins Plano ISD as superintendent of schools July 1. Dr. Binggeli most recently served as superintendent for Brevard Public Schools in Florida. He was named lone finalist for Plano ISD superintendent in March.
Texas Legislative Updates
School Board Adopts Resolution in Opposition to Bills that Would Divert Public Dollars Away from Public Education
At their April 7 meeting, the Plano ISD Board of Trustees adopted a resolution in opposition to vouchers, taxpayer savings grants, tax credits and other mechanisms that reduce public education funding. The school board voted to adopt the resolution (see related agenda item description) to make the school district's position abundantly clear to state legislators. Since the 84th Texas Legislature convened on January 13, Plano ISD school board members and administrators have visited with legislators in Austin to discuss legislative priorities developed by the board. Read more on the "Advocacy for Plano ISD" web page.
50th Annual Employee Banquet
Hundreds of employees were honored at Plano ISD's 50th Annual Salute to Service Employee Banquet held at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, at Southfork Ranch. Honorees included retiring employees, nominees for the Superintendent's Service Award (including winners) and employees with 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 & 45 years of service in Plano ISD.
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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