Plano ISD trustees welcome incoming members, select new board officers

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Newly elected Place 1 Board Member Lauren Tyra gets sworn in alongside her family during the May 18 board meeting. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)

Newly elected Place 1 Board Member Lauren Tyra gets sworn in alongside her family during the May 18 board meeting. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Place 2 Board Member Angela Powell takes the oath of office alongside her family during the May 18 Plano ISD board meeting. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Place 3 Board Member Nancy Humphrey is sworn in alongside her husband for her new term on the Plano ISD board. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Place 6 Board Member Jeri Chambers takes the oath of office alongside her husband. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Plano ISD board swore in new trustee Lauren Tyra and three returning members during its May 18 meeting and selected new board officers for the 2021-22 school year.

Place 5 trustee David Stolle was elected as the board's new president and immediately took over the gavel following his selection, as Tuesday's meeting was also the last for outgoing board President Tammy Richards.

Place 3 trustee Nancy Humphrey was elected vice president and Place 6 trustee Jeri Chambers was chosen as board secretary. Both of their board officer positions will begin next month following the district's graduation ceremonies.

Tyra, the newly elected Place 1 trustee, was the first person to take the oath of office during the meeting, followed by Place 2 trustee Angela Powell, Humphrey and Chambers, who were each re-elected to new terms during the May 1 election.

The election of board officers followed a meeting recess for a reception honoring Richards for her service to the district. Richards did not seek re-election to the Place 1 seat in the May 1 election. Superintendent Sara Bonser noted Richards served as president for four of the 11 years she was on the board.


"Your commitment to equity, wraparound services and meeting the diverse needs of students and staff are a hallmark of the legacy that you will leave in Plano ISD," Bonser said before the reception. "On behalf of Plano ISD and personally as the superintendent of this great district, we are grateful for your commitment and for all the hard work you have done by being entrusted as a leader of our district."

Each of the other six board members also offered comments about their time working with Richards, who was then presented with a plaque in recognition of her service. During her comments to the board, Richards said it was important for the district to show support for each of its schools because its reputation is based on all of its campuses.

"Please take care of all the children for all their different needs so they all can have success," she said to the board.
By William C. Wadsack

Editor, Plano

William joined Community Impact Newspaper in December 2019. He previously served as managing editor of several daily and weekly publications in North Texas and his native state of Louisiana.