Having reached a forty-year hallmark as a career public school educator and administrator, Superintendent of Schools Richard Matkin informed the Plano ISD Board of Trustees on Tuesday, October 7, that he will retire effective January 30, 2015. Trustees are expected to officially accept his resignation at the October 21 school board work session with a formal vote. Mr. Matkin has been superintendent of schools since the spring of 2012 after leading the district in an effective interim role. For eleven years, he served the district as the associate superintendent for business services. As the district's chief financial officer, Mr. Matkin managed a budget of approximately half a billion dollars and directed the implementation of four bond referendums, three of which were passed during his tenure. Under Mr. Matkin's financial and executive leadership, PISD completed $1.2 billion in capital improvements and $163 million in technology initiatives.
Plano ISD Alumni Tailgate Party
The Plano ISD Alumni Association has hosted tailgate parties this fall prior to football games at Clark Stadium. Watch promo videos about the tailgate parties, and mark this remaining date on your calendar to join the alumni for hot dogs and burgers: October 17: Plano West Wolves. Flyer
State School Finance Lawsuit
A state judge recently declared the state’s school finance system unconstitutional, emphasizing that the current school finance system has evolved into an unconstitutional statewide property tax. All school district plaintiffs succeeded on their claims.
Ebola Awareness Update
October 17, 2014 - Plano ISD continues to follow the changing news related to the Ebola cases in Dallas. This is an update to our previous community report. In full disclosure, we have been told that there were Plano ISD students from Shepton High School and Plano West Senior High School who were on the outbound Frontier Airlines flight from Dallas to Ohio being reported in the news. We have been in communication with these families and they have been assessed as "no risk." These passengers are under no restrictions.
Plano ISD Employees Generously Donate $131,000+ to United Way
United Way agencies will benefit from more than $131,000 raised during Plano ISD's recent United Way campaign. This generous contribution by Plano ISD employees will help to ensure that critical services are available to individuals and families in need in North Texas. Read a list of this year's school and department "goal busters."
Holiday Greeting Card Art Contest Open to All Students in Plano ISD
All Plano ISD students are invited to enter their original artwork in the 2014 Plano ISD Holiday Greeting Card Art Contest sponsored by Atmos Energy through the Plano ISD Education Foundation. The contest theme is "Sights, Sounds & Celebrations." The winner's artwork will be published on the Plano ISD and Atmos Energy 2014 holiday greeting cards.
National Merit Semifinalists
Plano ISD joins with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation in recognizing 78 seniors who have been awarded semifinalist standing in the 60th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These Plano ISD students are among 16,000 academically talented seniors who have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $33 million to be awarded next spring.