Dear Plano ISD Community:
On behalf of the Plano ISD leadership team and Board of Trustees, we are proud to present to you our 2018-19 Annual Report. These pages reflect eighteen months of accomplishments and the supportive collaboration we share with our community. Departing from our traditional calendar year annual report, this 2018-19 report initiates a change to an academic year reporting cycle. This change necessitates a one time, eighteen-month collection of the important student, staff and district accomplishments from January 2018 to June 2019. In future years, each annual report will include a twelve-month academic year from July to June.
We began our 2018-19 school year with an all-employee “welcome home” celebration, which included an invitation to connect, serve and succeed through an initiative called “Mission Plano ISD,” reinforcing to campus teams that their success, and the success of their students, is everyone’s mission. Seeing a stadium filled with nearly 7,000 people, united by their commitment to educating children, was an inspiring way to begin the school year. I believe our staff is our most valuable resource and vital to the success of each student.
During the 2019 Texas Legislative Session, the Plano ISD Board of Trustees and district leadership team provided guidance to legislators and educated our constituency about issues important to Plano ISD. We were committed to lending our voices to inclusive conversations with peer districts, the business community, our citizens and our legislators, advocating for school finance reform and demonstrating that collaboration is the best way to reflect the collective voice of our community.
We unveiled a new strategic plan in spring 2019 by hosting our first-ever State of the District Address. This signaled the completion of a yearlong community-wide journey of in-depth, self-examination. The new plan is based on a foundation of strong beliefs and five strategic pillars that support the plan: Learning and Teaching; Life Ready; Talent Acquisition, Support and Growth; Culture of Community; and Strategic Resource Management. Our planning process benefited from a diverse and representative committee of educators, parents, students, trustees and community members who worked to conceptualize a new vision, mission and course of action to prepare Plano ISD students to be college ready, career ready and life ready. I’m especially proud that our students serving on the strategic planning committee were the architects of the new mission statement—a first for our district. Involving students in their futures through this planning process is just one of the many ways Plano ISD keeps students at the heart of our decisions.
We believe that quality public education is the cornerstone of a thriving community. We invite you to explore the new strategic plan through the pages of this report and see the various ways that we are committed to excellence, dedicated to caring, powered by learning and Plano ISD proud!
Sara M. Bonser
Superintendent of Schools