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Plano ISD Staff Newsletter Volume 43, Number 6 March 18, 2016
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School board calls election for $481 million bond proposal for facilities and technology initiatives developed by 29-member community task force

On May 7, Collin County voters residing within the Plano ISD attendance zone will be asked to consider a single proposition to provide $481 million toward eight major project areas with no increase to the tax rate. If approved, all Plano ISD campuses will be impacted by district-wide security updates, renovations and facility upgrades, as well as technology improvements. The bond initiatives were recommended by the Plano ISD Facilities and Technology Task Force appointed in August, 2015 by the school board. Comprised of citizens, business leaders, teachers and parents, the task force reviewed enrollment trends and projections, established construction and renovation needs and validated costs before making recommendations to the school board. Watch a bond overview video video icon and find several resources, including projected allocations and a bond FAQ, on the district website. read


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Unique partnership with Toyota to benefit family literacy programs

Plano Family Literacy School and Sigler Family Literacy recently announced a partnership with Toyota’s national, two-generation family learning program that aims to provide a solution to the educational challenges facing low-income and ethnically diverse families. Plano ISD is working hand-in-hand with the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) to implement the Toyota Family Learning grant of $175,000. read


Employees generously donate $105,561 to education foundation

Plano ISD employees once again gave generously through the annual "Plano Rocks!" employee giving campaign. Proceeds will benefit students and teachers through the Plano ISD Education Foundation's enrichment programs, including 5th grade camp, educator grants and STEM instruction. School and department participation was 100%, with 2,570 employees contributing a total of $105,561. Read a list of "Goal Busters" here. read

Around the district

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The human resources department will host a teacher job fair from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 23. Candidates must complete an online application by April 8 to be admitted. Campus staff members will attend the job fair to speak to candidates. read
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Faith Newhouse, Plano East Senior High School sub-school principal, was named 2015 Region 10 Assistant Principal of the Year and honored at a state awards banquet hosted by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals in Austin.read
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Plano ISD will launch full day pre-k in August for students whose families meet income guidelines. Registration will be held March 23 and 24 at the three early childhood schools and Christie, Huffman, Jackson, Memorial and Thomas elementary schools. read
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Upcoming Events
3/25 Student/Teacher Spring Holiday
4/2 International Children's Book Day
4/7 Employee Service & Retirement Banquet
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Hughston Elementary's Ben Pirillo named southern district elementary PE teacher of the year

Benjamin Pirillo, Hughston Elementary School physical education instructor, will be honored as the Southern District Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year by SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators – at its 131st National Convention & Expo in April.

SHAPE America’s southern district represents 13 states from Virginia to Texas. The award recognizes outstanding teaching performance at the elementary school level and ability to motivate today's youth to participate in a lifetime of physical activity.

Ben has served as a physical education teacher in Plano ISD for more than 14 years. He will vie with four other district winners for the distinguished honor of National Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year. read

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