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2014 Annual Report

January 15, 2015

Dear Plano ISD Community:

In November 2013, Plano ISD residents affirmed their expectations, "Loud and Clear," that education would remain a top priority in the community by voting in favor of a Tax Ratification Election. This 2014 Annual Report features several of the district's educational offerings that voters chose to sustain, upholding excellence in education as a cornerstone of the Plano ISD community.

Featured on these pages are many examples of how our 55,000 students and 6,500 employees benefit from the community's "loud and clear" commitment to education. Class sizes have returned to ideal numbers, with no waivers requested for this school year. We've hired more teachers and staff to support student achievement. With the expansion of the Academy Programs of Plano to the senior high school level and a strong core curriculum with numerous pathways to success, Plano ISD has garnered financial support from corporate sponsors who are advocating for these and other programs, allowing the district to offer students more academic choices than ever before.

This year marks a rather poignant milestone for me as I prepare to retire in January 2015. It was a privilege to serve Plano ISD in the role of superintendent for three years, and as the associate superintendent for business services for eleven years previously. As I conclude my school years, my grandkids are just beginning theirs, and I look forward to having more time to share with them.

Working with the Plano ISD Board of Trustees has been a sincere privilege and their unfailing support is key to our district's success. This year, they were named the Outstanding Board in the Region 10 Education Service Center area and ultimately one of only five boards in the state to be recognized as a 2014 Honor Board by the Texas Association of School Administrators. I am very proud of the well deserved recognition of our hardworking trustees as an example of productive, quality and sincere leadership.

I'm also very proud of the collective spirit and teamwork among our board and senior staff. They are well-poised to take the district into the future while remaining focused on sustaining the quality education that distinguishes Plano ISD. It has been the mainstay of my leadership to remain connected to and supportive of teachers and to champion them in their roles. It is in this way that I hope my term as superintendent will be remembered. Our district's success is directly linked to the commitment and dedication of Plano ISD's highly engaged parent and business communities.

On behalf of the Plano ISD Board of Trustees, our faculty and students, I thank you for taking time to read this annual report and I encourage you to continue demonstrating your "loud and clear" support for our school district.


Richard Matkin

Richard Matkin
Superintendent of Schools
(Retired, January 2015)


Make this Book Come to Life

To complement this year's theme, Loud & Clear, links to videos are published throughout this annual report. Where you see this icon (video), click to watch videos on Plano ISD's YouTube channel. Where you see this icon (), a video can be viewed using a mobile app called Aurasma. Directions for use follow:

  1. Download the free Aurasma app from the Apple App
    Store or Google Play.
  2. Open Aurasma, swipe through the tutorial to the last
    page. (Do not login.)
  3. TAP SKIP at the bottom of the screen.
  4. TAP at the bottom of the screen.
  5. TAP icon (the search icon at the bottom of the screen).
  6. Enter pisdcommunications in the search bar.
  7. TAP (Plano ISD apple logo).
  9. TAP [ ] at the bottom of the screen.
  10. Try it out by pointing your mobile device's camera at photographs marked with the Aurasma "A" throughout this report.
  11. DOUBLE TAP to view full screen.

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Directions for viewing videos contained in this report.


Annual Report Links

Read the full report here.

Select the links below to read individual pages.

Front & Back Covers

Page 1
Mission, Goals
& Vision Statement

Pages 2 & 3
District Leadership
Community Facts

Pages 4 & 5
Class of 2014 Post-Secondary Readiness & Learning Experiences

Pages 6 & 7
National Merit Semifinalists

Page 8 & 9
School and Community Engagement

Pages 10 & 11
Facility and Technology Bond Initiatives

Pages 12 & 13
Financial Focus

Pages 14-17
Plano ISD Education Foundation Initiatives

Pages 18-21
Student Achievements

Pages 22-25
Teachers of the Year
Faculty and Staff Achievements

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