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Plano ISD Staff Newsletter Volume 42, Number 2 October 10, 2014
Superintendent of Schools Richard Matkin
Announces Retirement Effective January 30, 2015


After 40 years, the career educator trades top spot in 55,000-student district for more time with family
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Dr. Rose Jones
Dr. Rose Jones helps medical career interest blossom at new health sciences academy

Rose C. Jones, Ph.D. is the coordinator for the Plano ISD Health Sciences Academy. Talking to her, you can hear and see the passion Dr. Jones has for the academy and the students. “Although the motivating factor changes, the personal conviction and drive to become a health care provider is the common thread among these young students. And what could be more powerful than this, helping them lasso their dreams?” she says.

Dr. Jones has a Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of New Orleans. She has been actively engaged in medical education for more than two decades; teaching, writing curricula, conducting research, publishing and lecturing at medical conferences.

Dr. Jones has held faculty positions at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Southern Methodist University, Parkland Health and Hospital System, and Children's Medical Center at Dallas. read

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Richard MatkinHaving reached a forty-year hallmark as a career public school educator and administrator, Superintendent of Schools Richard Matkin informed the Plano ISD Board of Trustees on Tuesday, October 7, that he will retire effective January 30, 2015. Trustees are expected to officially accept his resignation at the October 21 school board work session with a formal vote. Well known as an advocate for teachers, Matkin said, “It has been the mainstay of my leadership to make sure teachers receive our best effort to stay connected and to champion them in their roles. It is in this way that I hope my term as superintendent will be remembered.” Mr. Matkin has been superintendent of schools since the spring of 2012 after leading the district in an effective interim role. For eleven years, he served the district as the associate superintendent for business services. As the district’s chief financial officer, Mr. Matkin managed a budget of approximately half a billion dollars and directed the implementation of four bond referendums, three of which were passed during his tenure. read


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Trustees selected among five Texas Honor Boards

The Plano ISD Board of Trustees was selected as one of five 2014 Honor Boards awarded by the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA). The seven trustees and Superintendent Richard Matkin were recognized for capturing the award at the first general assembly of the recent TASA/TASB annual state convention held in Dallas. At the same convention, Trustee Missy Bender was presented with a Celebration of Leadership award by Leadership TASB Alumni. read


Health sciences academy expands to Plano East

The Plano ISD Health Sciences Academy, which launched in 2013 with 178 ninth and tenth grade students at Williams High School, has expanded to Plano East Senior High School. This fall, students are continuing their journey as juniors at Plano East in preparation for the demands of a four-year university or pre-med program. Watch a new district video video about the academy expansion, and read more about this unique health-focused program on the district website. read

Around the district

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United Way agencies will benefit from more than $131,000 raised during Plano ISD's recent United Way campaign. This generous contribution will help to ensure that critical services are available to individuals and families in need of assistance in North Texas. read
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Texas Education Human Resources Day was celebrated on Wednesday, October 8. In this feature story, the many functions of Plano ISD's HR department are described, including a focus on school health services with district coordinator Megan Schuler.read
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Plano ISD proudly joins the National Merit Scholarship Corporation in recognizing 78 seniors who have been awarded semifinalist standing in the 60th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Read a list of Semifinalists on our district website. READ

District earns 'superior' Schools FIRST rating

For the 11th consecutive year, Plano ISD has earned a "superior" rating through the Schools FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas) program. The Schools FIRST rating is based upon a set of several uniform indicators that all school districts in the state are measured against. read