Plano ISD taking public input on attributes needed in next superintendent

Plano ISD leadership.
Plano ISD board President David Stolle, Superintendent Sara Bonser and Deputy Superintendent Theresa Williams listen to a board member during the Jan. 27 meeting. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)

Plano ISD board President David Stolle, Superintendent Sara Bonser and Deputy Superintendent Theresa Williams listen to a board member during the Jan. 27 meeting. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)

A survey on the Plano ISD website allows the public to provide feedback on the kinds of attributes they would like to see in the district’s next superintendent.

The district’s current superintendent, Sara Bonser, informed PISD’s board of trustees Jan. 25 that she plans to retire at the end of the school year to spend more time with her family. In an emergency meeting Jan. 27, trustees voted to accept her letter of retirement and begin an internal search of the district for her replacement.

The survey, which can be accessed here, is open to district families and staff as well as community members.

“Your input is critically important as trustees seek to identify the best candidate for the position who meets the needs of all Plano ISD stakeholders,” an announcement about the survey on the district website states.

The survey will close at 5 p.m. Feb. 18.


During the Jan. 27 board meeting, Bonser said her older sister was diagnosed with liver cancer last year.

"Over the winter break, we just didn't get the news that we had hoped for," Bonser said. "So with a lot of thought and prayer and conversation, I am going to live the values that I have always asked my staff to do, which is to put your family first. Because while I love being superintendent and I would only want to be a superintendent here—I have had my dream job in my hometown—this time with [my sister] is my priority."

In addition to Bonser, PISD's district leadership team includes Theresa Williams, the deputy superintendent and chief operating officer, and five assistant superintendents. Those include Katrina Hasley, who is assistant superintendent for academic services; Beth Brockman, who serves as assistant superintendent for employee services; Selenda Anderson, who is assistant superintendent for student engagement and district services; Courtney Gober, who serves as assistant superintendent for student, family and community services; and Patrick Tanner, who is assistant superintendent for technology services.
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.