Plano ISD Superintendent’s message, #COVID-19 update

Dear Plano ISD Families,

As the changes in the world unfold here at home, I can honestly say that the vision statement for Plano ISD has never shined more brightly. Watching this community pull together to help students and families demonstrates so clearly what Plano ISD and the communities we live in are all about—caring for one another first and foremost. While schools are closed, please know we are hard at work to find ways to provide support and educational continuity for your child.

As the District manages all of the facets the decision to close schools presents, one thing is certain, we will need every person in our community to support one another through these decidedly uncertain times. That said, I want to thank each person who has taken the time to send us questions, ideas, suggestions and offers of support. Each email or phone call we get, helps us consider solutions from every angle so that we are supporting students and families to the greatest extent possible. I would encourage you to please continue to reach out to us at Together, I feel sure that we can meet the needs of our students and families as needs arise.

In order to provide academic support and instruction, Plano ISD has a short-term plan that will be implemented this week that will provide tools for students and parents to utilize to reinforce previous learning and mitigate the short-term impact of the school closure. You will be receiving information this week that gives directions on how to access these resources and learning tools. As we have come back from spring break, we have been rolling this plan out to our administrators and teachers so that they are prepared to support our students and families. In addition, we have been devising and will communicate a long-term plan should an extended school closure become necessary. As of today, we have been notified that there will be no required STAAR testing this spring as Governor Abbott has waived this requirement. Please be watching for information in the coming days that explains how we will regain instructional continuity.

Thank you for your partnership and support as we manage this rapidly changing situation. Please know our priority is to help manage the public health situation and at the same time provide continuity for your child’s education. We will continue to update you on the status of the school closure this week and any possible decision to extend the closure as we understand that these decisions affect each family in our district.

So what can you do from home during this time?

  • Take care of one another
  • Continue to check our website regularly to stay updated on all communications sent from the District:
  • View a current list of available resources:
  • If you have not already done so, complete the PISD Technology Survey sent by the District so we can provide the tools and access needed for remote learning should a longer school closure become necessary
  • Wash your hands and cover your mouth when coughing
  • Practice social distancing
  • Practice social responsibility recommended by the City of Plano: City of Plano COVID-19
  • Reach out if you need help
  • Be kind

Plano ISD wants to do whatever we can to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 but also realize the pressure this puts on our families. We have had many organizations already reach out to us and we want to make sure we are connecting resources to needs. We will be updating you regularly to let you know what we are doing to support and care for our students, especially as it relates to food and support with basic essentials in the days ahead.

Meeting the basic needs such as feeding our students is a priority. We have six schools that are serving grab-and-go meals daily for FREE to all PISD students and hope that families will take advantage of this resource for the duration of the school closing.

Meal Sites: Daffron Elementary, Huffman Elementary, Meadows Elementary, Rose Haggar Elementary, Sigler Elementary and Thomas Elementary
Breakfast, 7:30-8:30 a.m./Lunch, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Your child may be asking questions about COVID-19, and we want to ensure we are doing everything we can to ease their worries. You might find this resource helpful: Talking to Kids About COVID-19.

At times like these, we can be thankful to call Plano ISD home. Our community has a tradition of teamwork for excellence that makes us proud to call this our home. We want you to know that we care, are committed to supporting the community, and stand ready to greet the challenges this situation presents. We thank you for your support and patience and look forward to your partnership as we take care of one another in the days ahead.

Sincere thanks,

Plano ISD Superintendent

Plano ISD School Information

School Related Student Travel
All travel that is scheduled to occur during the school closure is cancelled as of this time.

Campus Activities
All scheduled activities related to Plano ISD schools are cancelled during the school closure. This also includes all district events and competitions.

Medication Pick-Up
If your child has medication that needs to be picked up from their campus, please contact your school nurse via email to schedule a pickup. Medication can be picked up curbside as entry into the building is not allowed.

Community Services

Free Grab-and-Go Breakfast and Lunch
Plano ISD is providing free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch meals at six locations across the district beginning Monday, March 16. Adjustments to this schedule may be made as needed, so please watch for updated communications and regularly check for new information.

Grab-and-go meals will be available for curbside pickup at the following times:

  • Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
  • Lunch: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

This program serves students attending any Plano ISD school, grades pre-k through 12. Families can pick up meals curbside in the carpool lanes at the campuses listed below. Access to enter the buildings will not be available.

  • Daffron Elementary School
    3900 Preston Meadow Drive, Plano, TX 75093
  • IB World School at Huffman Elementary
    5510 Channel Isle Drive, Plano, TX 75093
  • Meadows Elementary School
    2800 18th Street, Plano, TX 75074
  • Rose Haggar Elementary
    17820 Campbell Road, Dallas, TX 75252
  • Sigler Elementary School
    1400 Janwood Drive, Plano, TX 75075
  • Thomas Elementary School
    1800 Montana Trail, Plano, TX 75023

Mobile Food Pantry Open on Friday, March 20
North Texas Food Bank will host a mobile food pantry in the Williams High School parking lot on Friday, March 20 from 3 to 5 p.m. Williams High School is at 1717 17th St., Plano, TX 75074. Families will be able to drive through and receive a box of shelf-stable items.

Other Community Resources
A current list of resources available to Plano ISD families can be found at


Florida administrator picked to run Plano ISD

Plano ISD Board of Trustees choose Lone Finalist for Superintendent

Dr. Brian T. Binggeli of Brevard Public Schools in Viera, Florida, is scheduled to start July 1 to fill position previously held by retired Superintendent of Schools Richard Matkin.

Dr. Binggeli stated: “I felt a positive connection to this dedicated and mission-driven board of trustees and feel that Plano ISD is absolutely the right move for me. The organizational values and beliefs guiding Plano ISD align with mine, particularly those centered on fostering and supporting a collaborative, professional culture that helps all children pursue excellence. I look forward to connecting with people in our schools and in our community and welcome the opportunity to serve the students, teachers, staff and citizens of Plano ISD.”

BB Board members expressed an interest in attracting national candidates for the top position in Plano ISD, and from among 103 applicants spanning 43 states, selected Dr. Brian T. Binggeli who currently serves as superintendent of schools for Brevard Public Schools in Viera, Fla.

Having been named lone finalist in a special called meeting today by the Plano ISD Board of Trustees, Dr. Binggeli will replace Superintendent Richard Matkin who retired in January after 40 years of service in public education, fourteen of those in Plano ISD.

The state of Texas requires school districts to name a lone finalist for superintendent, followed by a 21-day waiting period. The school board will vote on Dr. Binggeli’s appointment as superintendent of schools on March 26, setting a start date of July 1.

Working with search firm Ray and Associates, Inc., the Plano ISD Board of Trustees took a collaborative approach in developing a superintendent candidate profile, carefully considering input from a variety of groups including parents, students, teachers, principals and community members.


Dr. Brian Binggeli with the Plano ISD Board of Trustees — Tammy Richards, Secretary Michael Friedman, President Nancy Humphrey, Dr. Binggeli, VP David Stolle, Marilyn Hinton, Missy Bender and Carrolyn Moebius

“The candidate profile gave us a clear understanding of the type of leader we were seeking. From our first visit with Dr. Binggeli, he projected an enthusiastic and visionary mindset for education. He shared his belief that ‘every child can learn’ with a heartfelt demeanor, and provided supporting data that made him an ideal fit,” said School Board President Nancy Humphrey. “Dr. Binggeli has an ability to relate in a personal and professional manner that will be critical in connecting with our teachers from day one. He is passionate about establishing relationships that are centered on learning and support and is a definite champion for teachers.”

Dr. Binggeli became Superintendent of Brevard Public Schools (BPS) on July 1, 2009. In his current role, he is responsible for more than 73,000 students, approximately 9,000 school board employees, 82 schools, 10 charter schools and 20 special centers in a county that encompasses 1,557 square miles.

Now in his 34th year in public education, Dr. Binggeli has served in school administration for 26 years. He was director of middle education and then executive director of curriculum and instruction for Spotsylvania County Schools in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Prior to being selected as superintendent for BPS, Dr. Binggeli was the Cluster IV assistant superintendent for Fairfax County Public Schools in Falls Church, Virginia. This position gave him overall programmatic responsibility for 29 schools and 22,000 students while placing him on the leadership team of the 12th largest school district in the nation (170,000 students).

In 2000, Dr. Binggeli was selected as Henrico County Public Schools Instructional Leader of the Year. Henrico County Public Schools is host to 66 schools and over 47,000 students. He was nominated by the Richmond Area Counselors Association for the Virginia School Counselors Association School Administrator of the Year Award in 2001 and named by the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals as Outstanding Middle School Principal of Virginia in 2002. In 2011, Dr. Binggeli was recognized by the Consortium of Florida Education Foundation with the Florida Star Superintendent Award.

Trustee President Nancy Humphrey said: “He has managed districts of size and understands the scale of Plano ISD. He has worked to improve achievement among all students tempered with an unwavering expectation for excellence. The board also found value in his appreciation and understanding of higher education and its connection to our school community. I appreciate his expertise in fiscal management of a large organization and feel he will understand the financial future of Plano ISD and our accountability to taxpayers. Additionally, through examples of his work, I had a glimpse of Dr. Binggeli’s collaborative spirit in working with corporate citizens. I know he understands how important it is to connect these partners to Plano ISD.”

Dr. Binggeli holds a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from Virginia Tech. He earned his master’s degree from Virginia State and his undergraduate degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Dr. Binggeli began his career as a teacher in Elyria, Ohio in 1981 and served as a teacher, coach, assistant principal and principal in Virginia. He has been a principal at both the middle and high school level. Dr. Binggeli has served as an adjunct professor in Virginia Tech’s Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Doctoral program and in the University of Virginia’s administrative licensure program.

Plano ISD promotes Richard Matkin to superintendent

Plano ISD photo

Interim superintendent Richard Matkin has been promoted to Plano ISD superintendent. He replaces Dr. Doug Otto, who retired in January after 17 years of service to Plano ISD and 39 years of service in public education.

Supt. Matkin said, “I would like to express my appreciation to the school board for this vote of confidence and for this unexpected, but welcomed opportunity. I have been so focused on supporting them during this search process that I never realized I was being considered.”

Did you know? Supt. Matkin, who has been serving as interim since February 1, has been Plano ISD’s associate superintendent for business services and CFO since 2001.

What he managed: Richard Matkin joined the Plano ISD family of employees in 2001 as the associate superintendent for business services, managing a budget of approximately half a billion dollars.

Classroom experience: Matkin was a classroom teacher for eight years before choosing the administrative path. 

Business experience: Although he is considered a career educator, Mr. Matkin credits much of his business acumen and financial creativity to his private industry experience as controller and CPA, which supplemented his education career.

His education: Matkin is a graduate of Austin College with bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a certified teacher of math, history, health and physical education.

Family: He and his wife Debbie are parents to daughter Natalie and son Ryan. Natalie and her husband, Brent, are the proud parents of Abby and Caroline, who call the new Superintendent “Pops.”

School Board President Tammy Richards said, “We knew the kind of leader we were looking for and have had the privilege of meeting some incredible candidates during our search. During the process, we were extremely fortunate to have a smart and attentive interim leader in Richard Matkin, who offered so many of the qualities we were seeking. It became evident that he was the absolute best fit for our school district and the unanimous choice as the next superintendent.”

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