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Nov. 28, 2017 - Dr. Brian Binggeli Resigns as Plano ISD Superintendent of Schools—Sara Bonser Named Interim Superintendent


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The Board of Trustees of the Plano Independent School District (PISD), and Dr. Brian Binggeli, Superintendent, recognize that they possess differing leadership philosophies and agreed it is in the best interest of the district to collaborate regarding an agreement that both allows the Board to transition the district’s leadership immediately rather than at the end of his contract in June of 2019, and allows him to begin pursing other opportunities. 

Dr. Binggeli will resign as Superintendent effective January 31, 2018. Dr. Binggeli has served Plano ISD for two and ½ years as superintendent and leaves at a time the district is moving in exciting new directions.  The Board wishes Dr. Binggeli well in his future endeavors.  

Ms. Sara Bonser was appointed as the interim superintendent for the district. She has been serving as the interim deputy superintendent since May 2017. As Dr. Binggeli begins utilizing his personal leave on November 29, 2017, Sara Bonser will assume the leadership position of the district during his absence. 

Ms. Bonser brings a wealth of experience and motivational ideas to the position of interim superintendent that the Board believes will be refreshing for the district. Plano ISD Board President Missy Bender said, “Sara has successfully served in her current capacity since May of 2017, and has a long history in Plano ISD as a former teacher and administrator. Since departing the district, Sara has built an impressive resume serving students, families and staff in public education for the past 27 years.”

According to Ms. Bonser, in her time as interim deputy superintendent with the district, she has served the District as the chief operating officer assisting the superintendent with daily operations of the district, also serving as acting superintendent in Dr. Binggeli’s absence. Ms. Bonser was also responsible for responding to Board and stakeholder inquiries, directing the executive cabinet, and monitoring the District Strategic Plan and District Improvement Plan. “This is an opportunity to dedicate my focus, time, energy, and resources to my passion which is public education through service to Plano ISD – the district I consider home,” said Ms. Bonser. “I care deeply about Plano ISD and am honored to serve in this capacity.”

The Board of Trustees intends to implement steps to place and retain a leader focused on fast-paced innovation aligned with the District’s ongoing goals to ensure continued improvement in student learning and efficient use of resources. It is the Board’s intent to identify a permanent superintendent with drive, enthusiasm and initiative that shares the district’s philosophy and intent to create lifelong learners. “As we approach this transition of leadership, we are delighted to have an internal candidate to step up in the role of interim superintendent,” said Plano ISD Board President Missy Bender. “Both the Board and Dr. Binggeli are confident in her abilities to lead us through this transition.”