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Plano ISD Narrows Superintendent Search

Plano ISD could decide on a superintendent finalist tonight.
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Plano ISD could decide on a superintendent finalist tonight.

Plano’s school board could pick a superintendent finalist at tonight’s special board meeting. The search is to replace Doug Otto, who stepped down in January.

School Board President Tammy Richards is confident trustees have narrowed the field to a qualified few. They began with 30 candidates. 

Richards: We certainly want someone who has extraordinarily  high standards because that’s what we hold as a community. We’re basically  an academic juggernaut producing fabulous national merit finalists, lots of science fair winners and so we have to continue that. But at the same time we want to make sure that we’re offering opportunities for all kids to achieve their dreams.

The search is the only item on tonight’s agenda. Plano’s school district holds 55,000 students. The last superintendent earned $291,000.

Bill Zeeble has been a full-time reporter at KERA since 1992, covering everything from medicine to the Mavericks and education to environmental issues.