Doubling police presence in Plano schools: 3 takeaways from the March 26 council meeting

The city of Plano on March 26 approved a deal with Plano ISD to hire 15 new police officers for Plano schools.

The city of Plano on March 26 approved a deal with Plano ISD to hire 15 new police officers for Plano schools.

The city of Plano is partnering with Plano ISD to provide more police officers to be stationed in public schools. Read more on this story and other things that happened at Monday's Plano City Council meeting:

City, school district strike deal to double police force in schools
The city of Plano has approved a deal with Plano ISD to hire 15 new police officers starting April 1, more than doubling the number of these special resource officers in Plano schools.

With the agreement and city funding approved on Monday, the number of special resource officers in the district will rise to 24, plus one sergeant.

The new officers will produce a recurring expense of $1,723,092 per year, according to city documents. The school district has agreed to cover 50 percent of the personnel costs for the new hires.

Plano backs Coit Road station over Dallas protests
If the city of Dallas gets its way, plans for a Coit Road station in Richardson would be stripped from the Cotton Belt rail line project. The city of Plano has now issued a resolution opposing the station's removal.

The resolution, which Plano City Council members approved on Monday, also calls for Dallas Area Rapid Transit to provide additional parking at the University of Texas at Dallas and Addison stations if plans for the Coit Road station are removed.

A memo prepared by city staff said the Coit Road station would support "a major portion" of western Plano, including the bulk of the city's Dallas North Tollway corridor.

City: No petition yet received to recall Harrison
The Plano city attorney said on Monday that the staff has not received a petition yet from a group trying to oust Tom Harrison, the council member who was censured by his colleagues after a series of anti-Islam posts was discovered on his Facebook page.

"No petition has been submitted to the city at this time," City Attorney Paige Mims said. "We are aware that one is circulating."

The group organizing the petition process, One Plano Our Plano, did not have the needed number of signatures late last week when its spokesman Michael Thomas spoke with Community Impact Newspaper. Thomas said he was confident the group would obtain the number of signatures needed before an April 4 deadline.


Volunteers with signs.
13th annual NTX Giving Day partners with record 3,300-plus nonprofits

A fundraiser started by Communities Foundation of Texas connects donors with nonprofits in their area.

The lot where the car wash will be built falls under the Spring Creekwalk Master Plan, a 160-acre area identified by the city as having development and redevelopment potential. (Erick Pirayesh/Community Impact Newspaper)
Captain Car Wash coming to Plano after council approves zoning request

The Plano Planning and Zoning Commission said the car wash does not align with the Spring Creekwalk master plan and recommended council deny the zoning request, according to city documents.

New fixtures are being installed at the Cannaday Recreation Area near Clark Middle School. The 4-acre park is being redesigned as an athletic training hub. A budget of $500,000 will bring an obstacle course not unlike something from the “American Ninja Warrior” TV show to the neighborhood. (Courtesy city of Frisco)
Collin County adopts budget and property tax rate; Frisco prioritizes parks and trails development, plus more top news from DFW

Read the most popular business and community news from the past week from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

GALLERY: Plano ISD’s new fine arts center to open later this year

“For our students to be able to have a place this fine to display their talents is just a dream come true,” Plano ISD Superintendent Sara Bonser said.

DATA: How population changed in Texas counties between census counts in 2010, 2020

Texas added nearly four million people between 2010 and 2020, according to the latest Census data.

Building under construction.
Black Rifle Coffee Company shop under construction in Plano

According to the Black Rifle Coffee Company website, the new coffee shop will offer a full espresso bar, 15 different blends of coffee, outdoor seating, a drive-thru, and grab-and-go food options.

People working out.
RockBox Fitness studio now offering classes in Plano

The group fitness studio offers high-energy boxing and kickboxing classes in a community setting.

North Central Texas Council of Governments is proposing new uses for high-occupancy vehicle lanes on US 75 and is asking the public to provide feedback on the plan. (Community Impact Staff)
Richardson, Plano residents asked to comment on plan that would pay some drivers to use HOV lanes on US 75

A pilot project in the corridor between I-635 and SH 121 will evaluate the effectiveness of allowing solo drivers to use the lanes while also providing an incentive to cars with more than one occupant, according to the North Central Texas Council of Governments.

The tuition-free, early intervention school for students on the autism spectrum serves children in pre-K, kindergarten and first grade. (Courtesy Foundation School of Autism - Plano)
Foundation School of Autism now open in Plano

The tuition-free, early intervention school for students on the autism spectrum serves children in pre-K, kindergarten and first grade.

See how COVID-19 impacted Collin and Denton counties over the last week. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Tracking COVID-19: Nearly 69% of estimated population in 2 Plano ZIP codes are fully vaccinated

The 75024 and 75093 ZIP codes have the highest percentage of fully vaccinated residents with nearly 69% each as of Sept. 13.

Cathi K. loves the Soap Hope birthday cake candle ($13). (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)
Personal hygiene business Soap Hope employs adults with disabilities in Plano

Plano nonprofit My Possibilities purchased the company in January 2020.