Most people are surprised to discover that the state will take $151 million from Plano taxpayers this year. As school finance reform, property tax relief and transparency in taxation became top priorities leading up to the 85th legislative session, Plano ISD partnered with other districts in an effort called “Taxparency,” taxparencytexas.org. Taxparency is a grass roots collaboration among several Texas school board trustees who feel property owners have the absolute right to know where and how their school taxes are being spent by their local school districts and by the state.
At the October 3 meeting of the Plano ISD Board of Trustees, Randy McDowell was announced as Plano ISD’s new assistant superintendent for business services and will replace retiring Chief Financial Officer Steve Fortenberry.
Parent Education Nights have been scheduled (for October 12, Plano West Library;
October 26 Vines High School Presentation Room;
and November 7, Plano East Cafeteria) to provide information on keeping teens safe. All three events are identical. Time for each session is 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.
The Plano ISD Board of Trustees met in regular session at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 3, at the Plano ISD Administration Center to hear reports and take action on the following agenda items. The agenda, with links to supporting documents, is posted on BoardBook. The next meeting of the board will be a work session on October 17 at 6 p.m. in the Administration Center board room.
Greeting meeting attendees and leading the Pledge of Allegiance were scouts from Boy Scout Troops 198 and 215 and Girl Scouts from Junior Troop 6567 and Brownie Troop 4577. The students spoke with the Board of Trustees and introduced themselves and shared their years in scouting.
Front Row: Boy Scouts from Academy High School Troop 215 are Aaron Ho, 10th grade, Life rank; Derek Ho, 10th grade, Life rank; and from Boy Scout Troop 198 are Cyrus Sarkari, Murphy Middle School, Star rank; Zachary Peters, Reedy High School, 10th grade, Star rank; Girl Scouts from Hedgcoxe Elementary from Troop 6567 are Vivian Burton, 5th grade, Junior; Taylor Dickenson, 5th grade, Junior; and from Troop 4577: Natalie Burton, 2nd grade, Brownie.
Back Row: Trustees Angela Powell, Dr. Yoram Solomon and Greg Myer, Board Vice President David Stolle, Board President Missy Bender, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Binggeli, Interim Deputy Superintendent Sara Bonser, Board Secretary Nancy Humphrey and Trustee Tammy Richards.
During the meeting, students were recognized by the Board of Trustees for honors earned at the state level and above. More details about these accomplishments can be found under news headlines on the Plano ISD website.
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