What's Happening in Plano ISD
New Grad Requirements and Accountability System Explained
The Texas Legislature's passage of House Bill 5 last year 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 themeeting video , and read more about the new requirements and program.
CSEAS District and School Ratings
The Plano Independent School District reported on August 8 its 2014 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.
New Administrators Appointed
Several new district and school appointments have been announced recently. Among these are assistant superintendents, executive directors, school principals and a new athletic director at Plano East Senior High School.
Plano ISD 2014 Teachers of the Year
Plano ISD Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year - Whitney Pitzer, Stinson Elementary School kindergarten teacher, and Karen Stanton, Clark High School English teacher - are pictured with Superintendent of Schools Richard Matkin at the Plano ISD Teacher of the Year Gala held on May 15 at Plano Centre. At the annual event, honorees included 72 Teacher of the Year nominees, the top 10 "Excellence in Teaching" awardees and the top two Teachers of the Year.
Bowman & Murphy: 'Texas Schools to Watch'
Bowman and Murphy middle schools were named among an elite group of eight middle schools as "Texas Schools to Watch" through an initiative of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform. Both campuses will be showcased at state and national conventions this year for their academic excellence, developmental responsiveness and social equity.
Tax Rate Election Passes with 62.89% Vote
Plano ISD held a Tax Ratification Election (TRE) on Tuesday, November 5. 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 TRE allowed voters in Plano ISD to adjust the tax rates that fund their schools. Answers to frequently-asked questions about the TRE can be found on this website.
2013 Graduates' Post-Secondary Readiness Far Exceeds That of Peers in Texas and U.S.
Plano ISD students' scores on college entrance exams far exceeded state and national averages in 2013. The incomparable performance of students on these exams gives them a competitive edge for college admission and success. Read assessment and post-secondary readiness facts for the Class of 2013, and learn about how the district measures student progress.
District Reduces Debt Service Tax Rate,
Earns Highest Bond Ratings
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.
Superintendent Honored Among College's Distinguished Alumni
Richard Matkin, superintendent, was honored recently as a "Distinguished Alumnus" of Austin College in Sherman. Surrounded by family, friends and colleagues, Mr. Matkin addressed guests about the honor and his current role as superintendent of Plano schools.
Academy Programs of Plano
New for 2013-14 School Year
The three new Academy Programs of Plano debuted this school year and include the Plano ISD Health Sciences Academy, the IB World School at Plano East and the Plano ISD Academy High School. Read about the programs. Watch the academy videos.
Texas School Finance System Ruled Unconstitutional
Feb. 4, 2013 - State District Judge John Dietz ruled that the Texas school finance system is unconstitutional by ruling in favor of the Calhoun County ISD plaintiffs on their two principle claims of adequacy and statewide property tax. Judge Dietz held that the school finance system has evolved into an unconstitutional state property tax and that the system fails to provide the plaintiff districts access to funding sufficient to provide a constitutionally adequate education.
Feeder School Transition
View recent school board meeting report documents related to senior high school options, and view a video and FAQ.
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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