Solomon, Bender win Plano ISD board seats

UPDATED 8:50 p.m. May 9

With all precincts reporting, Yoram Solomon won Place 4 on the Plano ISD board of trustees with 2,779 votes, or 40.83 percent of the vote, against Sharon Hirsch and incumbent Michael Friedman. Hirsch received 2,204 votes, or 32.38 percent of the vote, while Friedman had 1,824 votes, or 26.80 percent of the vote.

In Place 7, incumbent Missy Bender led Paul Kaminsky with 3,864 votes, or 58.95 percent of the vote, and Kaminsky received 2,691 votes, or 41.05 percent of the vote.

Place 5 Trustee David Stolle ran unopposed and will serve a second term.

"I've been on the board the longest. I'm just really honored to continue to have this opportunity to represent our students and our families," Bender said. "I was brought up in Plano ISD and I think everybody on the board brings a unique perspective. I think stability is a very important attribute we can offer to (our new superintendent) as we welcome him this summer. I'm really honored and happy get to return to something I love."

Place 4

Solomon is Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy for Interphase Corporation. Currently on the Plano Youth Leadership board, Solomon said he would use his qualifications as an educator, entrepreneur and innovator to enhance career planning and global competitiveness for PISD students.

Friedman was elected to the board in 2011 and said his goals for a second term would be to work closely with the board’s new superintendent, Brian Binggeli, to help him understand the district’s dynamics. Friedman also said he would work to close the achievement gap for economically disadvantaged kids if re-elected.

Hirsch is a retired PISD employee who serves on the Plano Cultural Affairs Commission. A mother of four Plano school graduates, Hirsch said if elected she would seek to enrich the learning experiences of an increasingly diverse student population, provide teachers with meaningful professional development opportunities and encourage active participation among families and community partners.

Place 7

Bender is a management consultant at IBM and has served as a PISD trustee for nine years. Bender said her goals for her next term would be to empower students to adapt to new learning and career opportunities in order to contribute to the global community. Bender said she would also work to maximize the education of a growing student population, as well as to incorporate more relevance and practical application into the overall learning experience.

Kaminsky is a small business owner and substitute teacher for PISD who ran on a platform of using taxpayers dollars efficiently. He said his teaching experience has helped him understand the challenges of teachers, students and parents, and would work to develop educational programs encompassing several paths to success to accommodate the district’s changing demographics.

All results are unofficial until canvassed.


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