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Plano ISD Staff Newsletter | Volume 45, Number 8 | April 30, 2019
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SSA winners with superintendent and board president

Employees Were Honored at the 54th Annual "Salute to Service" Event in April

Employees gathered to celebrate milestones and say their fond farewells to retiring friends at the 54th Annual Salute to Service event held at Southfork Ranch on April 4. See event photo galleries. The event honored hundreds of employees including the nominees and winners of the 2018 Superintendent's Service Awards, retiring employees and employees who received service pins for 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years of service to Plano schools. Four Superintendent’s Service Award winners were announced: Maria Alvarez - Bilingual Special Education Teacher Assistant, Meadows Elementary School; Sergio Corona - General Maintenance III, Facility Services; Brittney Love - Paraprofessional, Charmaine Solomon Adult Transition Center; and Elizabeth Williamson - Office Manager, Student Services.

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Students with new Vision Statement

New! Strategic Plan 2019-2023

There is a legacy of excellence in Plano ISD, with high aspirations for all students—from pre-k, through graduation and beyond. The Plano ISD Board of Trustees adopted the 2019-2023 Strategic Plan on April 9, 2019. See the new Vision, Mission, Beliefs and the five pillars that will guide us through the next 4 years.

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Trustee Angela Powell and Charmaine Solomon at Board meeting

Board Approves Adult Transition Center Facility Naming Recommendation

At the April 9 board meeting, the board of trustees unanimously voted to approve the facility naming committee recommendation to name the Special Education Adult Transition Center the Charmaine Solomon Adult Transition Center.

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Jasper girls coding

60 Computer Science Students Attend Basic TrAIning: Bot Camp Sponsored by Capital One

Plano ISD computer science students helped set a Guinness World Record for the largest Artificial Intelligence (AI) programming lesson. The lesson, hosted by Capital One during Basic TrAIning: Bot Camp included a total of 846 participants.

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FANS team with award trophy and certificate

Food and Nutritional Services Receive Gold Level Award for Excellence in Summer Meals

Plano ISD Food and Nutritional Services (FANS) has been recognized for Excellence in Summer Meals for the second year in a row.

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May 4: Election Day for Trustee Places 4, 5, 6 (unexpired term) and 7

red/white & blue On election day, May 4, voters may vote at election day vote center locations. Voting is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 4. Follow the election results on the Collin County election webpage. Note that election results are not final until canvassed. More information about the trustee election.

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May 9: Teacher of the Year Gala, R.S.V.P. by May 2

White Rabbit from Alice in WonderlandDon't be late! All attendees to the Gala must R.S.V.P. by May 2; contact your office manager to register. Seventy-three Teacher of the Year nominees have been selected by their peers at campuses across the district. These outstanding educators will be recognized at the Plano ISD Teacher of the Year Gala to be held the evening of Thursday, May 9 at Plano Centre. At the event, 10 Excellence in Teaching Awards will be presented and 2 Excellence in Teaching Awardees will be named the 2019 Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year.

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May and June: Employee Retirement Receptions and Elementary School Receptions for Graduating Seniors

Schedules are available for receptions for retiring employees and for elementary school senior reunions. It's your chance to say goodbye and good luck.

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June 7: 2019 Scholarship Scramble Golf Classic

Join the Plano Principal Association for the 2019 Scholarship Scramble Golf Classic. Enjoy a day of golf and support Plano ISD students and teachers on Friday, June 7; shotgun start at 8 a.m. at Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club.

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June 12: Job Fair - Deadline for Online Application is June 5

Plano ISD will be hosting a job fair on June 12 from 2 - 4 p.m. for bus drivers, bus assistants, teachers, classroom support staff, after-school activity specialists (PASAR - after school care), cafeteria specialists, cafeteria managers (food and nutritional services) and facility maintenance technicians. Candidates must complete an online application to register for the event. Each campus and department will be there with staff to speak to those interested in job opportunities. Visit the employment website for more details.

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Notable Notes

View the photos and a list of staff births and extensions of sympathy to employees who have lost loved ones. To protect staff privacy, this information is now located on the staff pages of the website. Click the read more link and please log in to the website with your network ID and password when prompted. To share news, please email your school or department's information to digest@pisd.edu for inclusion in the next issue of District Digest.

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Board Briefs

New! Board meeings are live streamed via PISD website. Button to view broadcastCheck it out. School Board Meetings are streamed live from the Administration Center's board room. Connect to the live feed during the meeting or view the board meeting webpage for information about meetings, including calendar, agendas, approved meeting minutes and recorded meeting videos.

Plano ISD Board Legislative Priorities

Capitol buildingThe Plano ISD Board of Trustees is actively making a difference during the 86th regular legislative session that began January 8, 2019. Bookmark the Board Legislative Timeline that will be updated as the session progresses. Here are a few recent activities:

Missy Bender interview by Channel 11

  • March 26-27 - Travel to Austin for Collin County Days to meet with legislators and area elected officials to learn more about the important issues facing our county.

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Board Meeting: April 9

The Plano ISD Board of Trustees met in regular session on Tuesday, April 9. The agenda with links to supporting documents is available on BoardBook. View meeting video.


Kindness card winners with their artwork and plaques

PWSH State Champion Wrestlers receiving certificates from Board VP

  • Tagen Jamison, Shepton High School, Boys Individual UIL 6A Wrestling State Champion and Ashley Lekas, Plano West, Girls Individual UIL 6A Wrestling State Champion were honored by the Board of Trustees for their excellence in athletics. Recognition certificates were presented on the Board's behalf by Board Vice President Dr. Yoram Solomon. Read more in Headline News.

FANS Dir. Cynthia Lee receiving certificate from Board VP

  • Food and Nutritional Services receives "Zero-findings" Administrative Review from the Texas Department of Agriculture. Director Cynthia Lee and her staff were honored by the Board of Trustees for their dedication to the health and wellbeing of the students of Plano ISD. Read more in Headline News.

bus drivers and Board VP

Barksdale teacher Celene Rosen receiving certificate from Board VP


  • Discussion and possible action on a Resolution adopting Findings of Fact and approving the Application of Texas Instruments Incorporated for a Limitation on Appraised Value on Qualified Property, pursuant to Chapter 313 of the Texas Tax Code

  • Discussion and possible action on an Agreement for Limitation on Appraised Value of Property for School District Maintenance and Operation Taxes, pursuant to Chapter 313 of the Texas Tax Code, with Texas Instruments Incorporated
  • Consider Board approval of the Facility Naming Committee recommendation regarding the Naming of the Adult Transition Center.
  • Consider Board approval of the 2019 - 2023 Plano Independent School District Strategic Plan vision, beliefs, mission, and pillars


Work Session: April 23

The Plano ISD Board of Trustees met in a work session on Tuesday, April 23. The agenda with links to supporting documents is available on BoardBook.


Next Board Meetings: May 7

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