CAMPAIGN NEWS RELEASE
January 18, 2017
Nancy Humphrey to file today for re-election in Place 3, Plano ISD Board of Trustees. Election Day is May 6, 2017, with early voting beginning on April 24 and ending on May 2.
“I intend to continue the work I’ve been doing on the Board, representing our community and providing a voice for students, parents, and stakeholders, in addition to making certain that we have a District that provides an excellent education to each student while maintaining sound use of resources, fiscal and otherwise.”
Ms. Humphrey was elected to serve her second term on the school board in May 2013. Currently serving as Vice President, fellow trustees elected her to serve as President of the Board for three consecutive school years, 2013 through 2016. Previously, she held the position of Vice President for two years. Below are noteworthy District and Board accomplishments during her time on the board:
- While Ms. Humphrey was serving as President, Plano ISD Board of Trustees was selected as one of 5 Honor Boards in Texas. Prior to being considered as a finalist, the Board was named the Outstanding Board in Region 10, comprised of over 80 school Districts within 9 counties in north Texas.
- Plano ISD opened the Plano Academy High School, Health Sciences Academy, and expanded the International Baccalaureate program to a four-year experience at PESH.
- The Board passed a resolution to become a District of Innovation, providing the District more local control and opportunities to promote innovative ideas regarding community participation, instructional methods, and parental involvement.
- The Board called an election in which voters resoundingly approved $481 million in bonds to invest in Plano ISD’s future, for classroom capacity, technology resources, and other initiatives.
- The District refunded bonds to save over $77.5 million in future interest payments. Despite approval of new bonds, outstanding debt in five years will be less than the day the election was called, evidencing the Board and District’s desire to aggressively amortize debt, which continues to earn the District AAA and AA bond ratings.
- The Board called a tax ratification election, approved by voters, to restore adequate funding otherwise not attainable with the equalized funding system known as Robin Hood. Even with the net 8-cent tax increase, Plano continues to have the second-lowest tax rate in Collin County.
- The Board worked collaboratively to revise the superintendent’s evaluation instrument.
- The Board presented the District’s Community and Student Engagement and Accountability System at the national conference of National School Board Association.
- Ms. Humphrey twice led the Board Superintendent Search subcommittee as the Board conducted national Superintendent searches.
- The Board worked with the Superintendent to develop meaningful measures of operational outcomes to drive planning and action. These indicators align all work to focus on the strategic plan and the two major goals of continuous improvement in student learning and efficient use of resources.
- Ms. Humphrey continues to support the District’s efforts to provide continued improvement in student learning, including the following priorities:
- Future Industries 9 – 12 Academy to provide coursework and certificates for high skill/high demand occupations.
- Full Day Pre-K for students in need and advance the implementation of an Early Childhood Academy as demand deems.
- Continued focus on eliminating the achievement gap through focused learner supports, recognizing the growth in demographic diversity in our community.
- Full-scale implementation of the Adult Transition Center for our adult students with special needs utilizing Project Search.
- Work as Board liaison with our Plano Council of PTAs.
- Ms. Humphrey is on the Board Legislative Subcommittee and is an advocate for Plano ISD and her community, providing:
- Advocacy on behalf of local public education with our state legislators.
- Advocacy for our taxpayers in the form of communication about transparency in taxation and property tax relief by restructuring school finance.
- Testimony before the Texas Senate Committee on Property Tax Reform and Relief to offer solutions for school finance reform.
“I believe the best solution to providing property tax relief for our taxpayers is to reform the system of school finance. Additionally, there needs to be transparency in taxation; our citizens need to know that 20% does not stay local, as well as know how their taxes are being spent.”
In addition to her commitments on the school board, Ms. Humphrey is a member of the Plano Rotary Club, Executive Board of Circle Ten Council of Boy Scouts of America, Executive Board of Hendrick Scholarship Foundation, TASB Legislative Advisory Council, Leadership TASB Class 2015, and Leadership Plano Class 30.
Ms. Humphrey was born in Dallas and has been a resident of Plano ISD for 24 years. She and her husband of 25 years have two children, a daughter who attends Vanderbilt University, graduating from Plano East Senior High School and the IB World School at Plano East Senior High School, and a son who attends the School of Journalism at University of Missouri, graduating from Plano East Senior High School where he was in the marching band and a newspaper editor.