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Plano ISD Staff Newsletter | Volume 45, Number 7 |April 16, 2018
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Friends, Family and Fellow Employees Celebrate Milestones at the "Salute to Service" Event

More than a few photos were snapped at the 53rd Annual Salute to Service event on April 5 as employees gathered to celebrate milestones and say a fond farewell to retiring friends. See event photo galleries. The event honored the nominees for 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. Highlights of the event included a standing ovation for Steve Thomas Beverly Elementary School PE teacher who is retiring after 51 years in public education, as well as the much anticipated announcement of the four Superintendent's Service Award winners: Kendal Corder, Plano Senior High special education paraprofessional; Lynne Crawford, Clark High School ISS paraprofessional; Silvia Garcia, Meadows Elementary parent liaison; and Christine Platt, Shepton High School office manager.

Pictured above is a collage of attendee photos from the 2018 Salute to Service. See event photo galleries and videos from the event.

Service Pin Montage video link

Service Pin Recipient Montage (11 min., 24 sec.)

Thank You for Serviing video link

Thank You for Serving (4 min., 21 sec.)

Banquet video link

Service Awards and Retirement Banquet (1 hour, 23 min.)

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SSA Winners

Superintendent Service Award Winners and Nominees

Find out more about and see photos of the four 2018 SSA winners.

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Coach Rodney Belcher

Plano Senior High School Girls Basketball Coach Named "Coach of the Year" by TABC and the Dallas Morning News

Named as the 2018 Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) Girls Basketball Coach of the Year as well as the Dallas Morning News Coach of the Year, Rodney Belcher of Plano Senior High was also honored with a certificate of recognition from the Plano ISD Board of Trustees at the April 10 meeting.

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Amy Bates with trophy

Special Projects Director Amy Bates is Honored as FIRST Robotics Outstanding Volunteer of the Year

The award presentation was made at the Dallas Regional robotics competition in recognition of her dedication to mentoring students, recruiting volunteers, organizing events and countless hours of work benefiting FIRST Robotics. Ms. Bates was also honored with a certificate of recognition from the Plano ISD Board of Trustees on April 10.

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Admin appointment photos with family

Administrative Appointments Approved at April 10 Board Meeting

The following administrative appointments as recommended by Superintendent of Schools Sara Bonser were approved by the board of trustees: Staci Antelo, director for district health services; Megan Schuler, director for benefits and risk management; Bill McLaughlin, executive director for secondary campus services; and Jill Stoker, executive director for elementary campus services.

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Plano ISD Transportation Services Earns First and Second Place Wins at the Regional School Bus Road-eo Safety Competition

bus graphicOn April 7, Plano ISD bus drivers won first and second places in the Special Needs Division at the Regional School Bus Road-eo Safety Competition. Read More.

Notable Notes
View the list of staff weddings, births and extensions of sympathy to employees who have lost loved ones. Email your school or department's information to digest@pisd.edu for inclusion in the next issue of District Digest. Read More.

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Board Briefs

Board Meeting, April 10

The Plano ISD Board of Trustees met on Tuesday, April 10 at the Plano ISD Administration Center. The agenda with links to supporting documents is available on BoardBook.




The Board of Trustees honored Plano Senior High School's Lady Wildcats the 2018 UIL 6A Girls Basketball State Champions with a certificate of recognition.

photo of Lady Wilcats at meeting holding trophy

Board presentation of certificate and close up of trophyAttending the meeting were: Sarah Bowles, junior; Ona Boyd, senior; Zaria Collins**°, junior; Lolo Davenport* (championship tournament MVP), senior; Mikayla Eddins, freshman; Payal Elete°, senior; Katie Ferrell*, senior; Sophie Fleites, senior; Avery Foltz, freshman; Emma Halverson°, senior; Jordyn Merritt**° (Player of the Year), sophomore; Nirvani Snorton, junior; and Veronica Stark°, senior.

Also in attendance were Head Coach Rodney Belcher, Assistant Coach Kelly Stallings and Assistant Coach Courtney Warner.

** all state student, * all region and ° all district academic.

Also recognized by the Board of Trustees were the Texas Science and Engineering Fair "Best of Show" and Grand Prize winners.

TXSEF Grand prize and best of show winners with certificates

Pictured are: Navya Ramakrishnan, Rice Middle School (Junior Division second grand prize winner - physical sciences); Tanaz Muhamed, Otto Middle School (Junior Division "best in show" and Junior Division first grand prize winner - life sciences); Burzin Balsara and Malav Shah, Plano Senior High School (Team: Senior Division second grand prize winners - physical sciences). Board Secretary Nancy Humphrey presented the certificates to the students.

Special Called Board Meeting, March 27

Sarah Bonser Superintendent of SchoolsAt the special called meeting on March 27, the Board of Trustees approved Sara Bonser for the position of superintendent of schools. The superintendent is the chief administrator and executive officer of the district and shall administer the district in accordance with the Board’s policies. Ms. Bonser was approved as the district’s lone finalist for the position of superintendent of schools on March 6.

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