It has been an honor to serve the children and families of Plano ISD as a member of the Board of Trustees the last seven years. I am excited to announce that I am running for another term on the Plano ISD School Board. I know and love this community and would be honored to receive your support so that I can continue to serve the children, the families, the teachers, and the broader community of Plano ISD.
Plano ISD is a vibrant, dynamic school district. I will work with my fellow trustees and our administration to provide the very best educational experience for all our children in all our schools and to be a careful steward of our tax dollars.
I've lived in Plano for 29 years, and I've had children in Plano ISD schools for 16 years. My husband, Mike Douglass, is an engineering manager at Texas Instruments. Our daughter, Julia Douglass, is a Plano West and Texas A&M University graduate. Our son, Mark Douglass, is a recent Plano West graduate and a student at Texas A&M University.
I have a vision of how we can continue to make our school district a model for other communities. I have worked with school systems across the nation. I understand what our students must do to be competitive, both as they graduate from Plano schools and apply to colleges and as they enter the global workforce and compete with students from other nations.
Throughout my business career and my volunteer service, I have worked in support of education. I have worked with school districts across the nation and educators across the globe. I am excited to continue to use my business experience and education knowledge as a partner with our school district leaders and as an advocate for the children and parents of Plano.
As a school board, we have accomplished a great deal over the last seven years:
Plano ISD opened the Plano Academy High School, the Health Sciences Academy in partnership with Collin College, and expanded the International Baccalaureate program to a four-year experience at Plano East Senior High School.
The district was only one of 425 school districts in the nation to be selected by the College Board for the 6th Annual AP District Honor Roll. PISD administers over 13,000 AP exams, allowing students to gain college credit while still in high school and saving their families college tuition dollars.
Plano ISD received a top rating for the 14th consecutive year through the state's financial accountability rating system. This system is designed to encourage Texas public schools to better manage financial resources to provide the maximum allocation possible for direct instructional purposes. The district also has the highest stand-alone credit rating (Aaa/AA+) carried by any school district in Texas and saved $77.6 million in debt service through bond refinancing.
And Plano ISD students have distinguished themselves in national and state academic, science, debate, theater, music, and athletic competitions.
My husband, Mike Douglass, and I have volunteered in our children's schools and the community for years. We've enjoyed field trips to the Plano Outdoor Learning Center, Hughston Elementary and Huffman Elementary field days, Renner, Shepton, and Plano West band competitions, Plano West Royale parades and dance competitions, and Plano sporting events. Our appreciation for and our commitment to this community are deeply rooted.
I would welcome your support and your vote. Early voting begins April 24, and election day is May 6.
It's all about the kids! Every student successful! Every school successful!
Very best regards,