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MARCH 20, 2015
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Plano ISD's Holifield Science Learning Center Celebrates 25 Years of Indoor-Outdoor Nature Study
logoTwenty-five years ago, Plano ISD opened a unique, interpretive, hands-on nature study center consisting of an indoor auditorium, laboratory classroom and living materials center. The Holifield Science Learning Center greets students as they enter a 15-acre nature preserve in east Plano designated in 1975 by Plano ISD and City officials as a nature study area for Plano ISD students with hiking trails open to the public. Take a field trip with us through time in our 25th anniversary video and top story describing the science center's history and educational benefits.
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Twenty-five Plano ISD Students' Works of Art Selected for Young Masters Exhibit at DMA through April 28
Twenty-five original works of art created by Plano ISD students have been selected for the Young Masters Exhibit on display through April 28 at the Dallas Museum of Art. Pictured is student Wenjia "Dara" Li, Plano West Senior High School, who won a first place award in music theory. Of the 61 pieces selected for exhibit, 25 are by Plano ISD students.read
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PWSH Boys Basketball Team Wins State Championship
Congratulations to the Plano West Senior High School Boys Basketball Team for capturing the UIL Class 6A boys state basketball championship in a buzzer-beater 56-54 finish against Houston Clear Lake High School on March 14 at the Alamodome in San Antonio. read
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Purchasing Director Finalist for State School Business Officials 'Commitment to Excellence' Award
Raymond Weaver, Plano ISD's director of purchasing services, was recognized as a finalist for the Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) Commitment to Excellence Award at the 2015 state conference in February. The award is the highest individual honor that TASBO presents and recognizes members who best distinguish themselves within their profession, community and TASBO. read
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Twenty-one Nominees for TI Innovations in STEM Teaching Awards Hosted at District Reception
The Plano ISD Education Foundation and Plano ISD Secondary Academic Services Department hosted a reception on March 18 for twenty-one teachers who have been nominated by their campus principals for the 2015 Texas Instruments Foundation Innovations in STEM Teaching Awards. Six finalists, including three award winners, will be announced this spring. The winners will each be awarded $10,000. read
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Plano ISD Named Among '2015 Best Communities for Music Education' by National Music Foundation
student musiciansThe National Association of Music Merchants Foundation (NAMM Foundation) this week recognized Plano ISD among 388 school districts in 46 states as "Best Communities for Music Education." For 16 consecutive years, the Foundation has recognized Plano ISD for outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education part of the core curriculum. Read about the recognition on the NAMM Foundation website.
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Students Advance to State in Career & Tech Events
winnerSome 131 Plano ISD Career and Technical Education (CTE) students have advanced to state level competitions following success at recent area and regional events. Winners include Hailey Daugherty (right) who earned a finalist top four position in the area of specialty animal production proficiency at the National FFA Convention. Students also excelled in the areas of business, marketing, food sciences/culinary, health care, criminal justice and auto technology. read
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Alumni Association to Host 2nd Annual Golf Tournament
The Plano ISD Alumni Association, presenting sponsor Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano and platinum sponsor InTouch Credit Union announce the 2nd Annual Alumni Golf Tournament to be held on Monday, March 30, at Gleneagles Country Club. Proceeds will benefit the Plano ISD Education Foundation. View the 2014 photo album, read the 2015 tournament brochure and register on the alumni website.
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Districtwide Events of Note
School Board Update
March 24 Work Session
The Plano ISD Board of Trustees will conduct a work session on Tuesday, March 24, at the Plano ISD Administration Building, 2700 W. 15th Street in Plano, to discuss the following items. The agenda, with links to supporting documents, is posted on BoardBook.

Action Items:

  • May 9, 2015, Amended Election Notice
  • Revisions to Board of Trustees Operating Protocol

Work Session Items:

  • Compensation Plan Update
  • Staffing Allocations Update
  • Employee Insurance Benefit Update
  • Legislative Update

March 27 Special Called Meeting
Trustees will hold a special called meeting on Friday, March 27, for consideration and possible action to approve the contract with, and employment of, Dr. Brian Binggeli as superintendent of schools. The agenda is posted on BoardBook. Read a recent news story about the announcement of Dr. Binggeli as lone finalist for the position of superintendent of schools.

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