Plano ISD cites ‘differing leadership philosophies’ as reason for superintendent’s resignation

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Plano ISD cited “differing leadership philosophies” on Tuesday as a reason Superintendent Brian Binggeli stepped down from his position.

The PISD board of trustees voted to accept Binggeli’s resignation and appoint Sara Bonser as interim superintendent at the work session. Trustees also accepted the resignation of trustee Greg Myer—an action that PISD board President Missy Bender said was unrelated to Binggeli’s resignation.

“The Board of Trustees of the Plano Independent School District (PISD), and Dr. Brian Binggeli, Superintendent, recognize that they possess differing leadership philosophies and agreed it is in the best interest of the district to collaborate regarding an agreement that both allows the Board to transition the district’s leadership immediately rather than at the end of his contract in June of 2019, and allows him to begin pursing other opportunities,” the news release said.

Bender, the board president, told Community Impact Newspaper she could not elaborate on the reasons for Binggeli’s resignation beyond what was contained in the news release.

Binggeli’s resignation letter did not mention the differences of leadership philosophies cited in the news release.

“My plan is to pursue opportunities potentially closer to family and I look forward to the future personal benefits that this decision will provide,” Binggeli said in his resignation letter.

Binggeli did not make himself available for further comment Tuesday evening.

In an email Tuesday to Community Impact Newspaper, Myer, the former trustee, declined to comment on his resignation. The trustee, elected earlier this year, had written in a Nov. 20 letter informing Bender that he was resigning for “personal reasons.” No further explanation was outlined in the letter.

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Gavin Pugh
Gavin got his chops as a reporter when he was editor-in-chief of the Baylor Lariat. He graduated with a degree in journalism from Baylor University and has since come on board as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's Plano edition. His beat includes transportation, Plano ISD and municipal government.
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