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Nineteenth Annual Diversity Leadership Award Winners and Nominees

  • Alex Johnson and Tawn King, members of the 2019-20 diversity board advisory committee, presented the diversity leadership awards to nominees and winners. These awards recognize students staff and community members who have shown leadership and commitment in fostering and promoting harmony, respect, acceptance and understanding among the diverse cultures within the Plano ISD community. 

    2020 Diversity Leadership Award Nominees

    • Caitlin Bailey-Garafola, Social Studies Teacher, Jasper High School
    • Hedgcoxe Elementary Staff and PTA
    • Barbara Nelson, ESL Teacher, Plano West Senior High School
    • Melissa Parker, Special Education Teacher, Haggard Middle School
    • The Plano ISD Council of PTAs, 2019-20 Board

    Diversity Leadership Award Nominees

    Tawn King (left) and the Diversity Leadership Award Nominees.

  • Group Diversity Leadership Award Winner: Hedgcoxe Elementary Staff and PTA

    Group Diversity Leadership Award Winner: Hedgcoxe Elementary Staff and PTA

    The celebration of our diverse community has always been important to the Hedgcoxe Elementary staff and PTA, but over the last few years, they have partnered together to grow this celebration from a single event to a year-long commitment to the goal of highlighting what makes us all unique.

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    Hedgecoxe PTA and Principal

    Hedgecoxe Elementary PTA President Alicia Wanek and Hedgcoxe Principal Kristi Graham.

  • Individual Diversity Leadership Award Winner: Caitlin Bailey-Garafola

    Individual Diversity Leadership Award Winner: Caitlin Bailey-Garafola

    Caitlin Bailey-Garafola, tenth grade Humanities and AP European History teacher at Jasper High School, was nominated for this award due to her dedication to highlighting and celebrating diversity on her campus. She spearheaded the creation of a diversity committee at Jasper, comprising representatives from each campus department. 

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    Caitlin Bailey-Garafola

    Caitlin Bailey-Garafola, Jasper High School, Tenth Grade Humanities and AP European History Teacher.

  • Special Award: Dollie Thomas, Retired Board Advisory Committee Member

    Dollie Thomas, retired Plano ISD employee and long time board diversity advisory committee member was proudly honored for her dedication to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dollie has been a respected and valued team member in the school district and in the Plano community at large. The committee presented this special award in thanks for her leadership and for her important contributions as part of Plano ISD for 24 years. "We would be remiss if we didn't make sure you knew how valued you are and what a tremendous impact you have made on so many people," said Alex Johnson, awards presenter and Diversity Board Advisory Committee member.

    Dollie Thomas with award

    Dollie Thomas.

Notable Notes

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  • February 18: Board Work Session

    The Plano ISD Board of Trustees met in a work session on Tuesday, February 18. Meeting Video.


    • Williams High School Facilities Update

    • Demographic Report

    • 2020 - 2021 Budget Report

    • Board Member Liaison Updates

      • Tech Titans (The Technology Association for North Texas), North Texas Commission, National School Board Association (NSBA) Advocacy Institute, Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Grassroots Meeting, City of Richardson, Richardson Chamber of Commerce, Collin County Association of Realtors, Plano Chamber of Commerce

    Next Board Meeting: March 3, 2020

  • February 4: School Board Meeting

    Board Meeting: February 4

    The Plano ISD Board of Trustees met in regular session on Tuesday, February 4. View meeting video.


    Athletic Director Jeff Smith, wife & daughter

    As recommended by Superintendent of Schools Sara Bonser, the Plano ISD Board of Trustees has approved Jeff Smith as Plano ISD’s next athletic director, replacing Gerald Brence who retired in December 2019. Read More.

    Board VP Angela Powell & Andrei Spiride PESH

    Three seniors named as Top 300 scholars in the 2020 Regeneron Science Talent Search were honored by the Board, pictured with Board Vice President Angela Powell is Andrei Spiride, Plano East Senior High who spoke to the board regarding his project: TheraArm: Orthosis Therapy for Arm Rehabilitation and Movement Assistance. Not pictured are Arun Eswara, Plano East Senior High and Brandon Z. Wang, Plano West Senior High. Read More.

    Otto principals and staff

    Otto Middle School was recognized by the board for earning the distinction of Model Professional Learning Community. Read more about this honor and the PLC journey



  • January 14: School Board Meeting

    Board Meeting: January 14

    The Plano ISD Board of Trustees met in regular session on Tuesday, January 14. View meeting video.


    • The month of January, 2020 has been designated as School Board Appreciation Month by Governor Greg Abbott. "As Plano ISD school board members, you shoulder critical responsibilities, you focus on the future success of Plano ISD students, and you make difficult choices for our district. You help to ensure that our students are inspired and empowered to be productive citizens and the leaders of tomorrow," said Superintendent of Schools Sara Bonser. Career and Technical Education (CTE) students from the ag mechanics, culinary arts and floral design classes prepared gifts for the board. 

    collage of board members and students with gifts

    (Top photo) Trustee Nancy Humphrey, Trustee Dr. Heather Wang, Board Secretary Jeri Chambers, Plano West Senior High CTE floral design students Savannah Guedry and Farah Mobarak; Plano East Senior High CTE culinary arts students Lana Vu and Danny Dang; Trustee Cody Weaver; Board Vice President Angela Powell and Board President Tammy Richards. (Bottom photos) Gifts created by CTE students: floral arrangements of succulents created by the Plano West floral design class; Dr. Wang shows off the cups engraved by the Plano Senior High ag mechanics students; and truffles prepared by the Plano East culinary arts class.

    • Plano Mayor Pro Tem Rick Smith presented a Certificate of Commendation from the City in honor of Board Appreciation month. "Your work ensures our students will have a bright future in Plano and throughout the nation."

    Plano Mayor Pro Tem and Board VP with Certificate

    Plano Mayor Pro Tem Rick Smith and Plano ISD Board Vice President Angela Powell.



  • Health Update: COVID19 (Novel Coronavirus) Update

    The health and well-being of our students, families and staff are always a top priority in Plano ISD. We understand that there may be new concerns and questions based on the latest news regarding the COVID-19 virus (or Novel Coronavirus). We want our parents, staff and community to know that Plano ISD stays up-to-date with information provided by local, state and federal health authorities, as they continue to learn more information daily. Plano ISD will provide the community with updates based on information that comes directly from health officials. Read more for updated information. En español.

  • Restock Your Classroom - Shop the CORE Store

    Restock your Classroom

    Come shop with the CORE Store for your classroom needs! The Plano ISD Education Foundation and Medical City Plano are excited to offer ALL Plano ISD teachers the opportunity to visit the CORE Store at least once a semester. The CORE Store is where you will find all of your classroom needs – notebook paper, composition books, backpacks, tissues, sanitizer, pencils, etc. You can reserve a spot to visit the CORE Store at 3900 West 15th Street by using our online reservation system. Learn more about the CORE Store.

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  • Food and Nutritional Services is Hiring

    Food and Nutritional Services (FANS) is hiring cafeteria specialist, cafeteria cashiers, cafeteria assistant managers and cafeteria managers. Please Apply online.

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    Plano ISD is an equal opportunity employer.

  • PASAR After School Care is Hiring

    PASAR after school care is hiring part-time activity specialists. Job description. Please complete an online application, send letter of interest and resume to pisdjobs@pisd.edu. Plano ISD is an equal opportunity employer.

    Miller PASAR on Friendship Week

  • March 4: SAT Day for 11th Grade

    March 4, 2020 - SAT Day for all Eleventh Grade Students

    Eleventh grade students will take the SAT exam at their home campuses on March 4. No charge for students. Read More.

  • Deadline March 13: Head Start Applications

    Applications Available for Plano ISD Head Start 

    Applications for Plano ISD's Head Start are available until March 13 for the 2020-2021 school year. Head Start is a federally funded program that provides a safe and developmentally appropriate environment for preschool children. Read More

  • March 18: Attendance Matters - "I'm Present"

    March 18 - Attendance Matters - "I'm Present"

    Learn about truancy laws and receive parenting tips on March 18 at the Cox Building, 1517 Ave. H, Plano. Read more.

  • Deadline March 27: IB World School at Huffman Elementary Applications

    Learn about the International Baccalaureate (IB) World School at Huffman Elementary Primary Years Programme (PYP) 

    Online applications are open from March 2 to March 27. 

  • Teacher Job Fair, April 18

    Teacher Job Fair, April 18

    Plano ISD will host a teacher job fair on April 18, 2020 from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Candidates must complete an online application to register for the event. All elementary and secondary campuses in the district will be there with staff to speak to those interested in teaching and other professional opportunities. Visit the employment website for more details. Read More.

  • April 23: Parent SEL Series: Responsible Decision Making

    Parent SEL Series

    We hope you are able to join us for this series to obtain strategies parents can implement at home and to learn more about social emotional learning (SEL) competencies and skills in Plano ISD. Read More.

    Relationship Skills: 

    • April 23, from 6-7:30 p.m.
    • Isaacs Early Childhood School, 3400 East Parker Road, Plano 75074

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  • How to Join PTA

    How to Join PTA

    Be part of every child’s success story! Please join parents, students, educators and community members to make students’ dreams come true! You do not need to have a student in Plano ISD to join. Complete the Community PTA Membership form to Join PTA.

  • 2020 Census Information

    2020 Census Information

    Census 2020: Plano ISD wants to help our community and families understand how the U.S. Census helps our schools and neighborhoods. The goal for the Census is to get a complete count of everyone—once and in the right place. Read More.

  • Plano ISD/SMU Family Counseling & Conflict Resolution

    Plano ISD/SMU Family Counseling and Conflict Resolution Services

    Plano ISD Partners with SMU to Provide Family Counseling and Conflict Resolution Services: Now scheduling appointments. Read more.