Plano ISD superintendent Sara Bonser informed the board of trustees on Jan. 25 that she plans to retire as superintendent at the end of the school year. She said that she made the decision to spend more time with her family.
“Balancing work and family has always been important to me, but never more so than now that my sister is dealing with a critical illness,” she said in a statement announcing the decision. “Retiring will allow me the opportunity to help and support my family.”
Bonser has served as superintendent since March 2018. In the past, she referred to the role as, “my dream job in my hometown.”
Her 33-year career in education began as a Plano ISD teacher. She would go on to work as an assistant principal and principal, including seven years overseeing Williams High School.
After 19 years in Plano, she worked for seven years in Rockwall ISD. During that time, she held the roles of chief academic officer, chief administrative officer, assistant superintendent for student and family services and director of student and family services.
In 2017, she returned to Plano in the role of interim deputy superintendent before being appointed superintendent the following year. According to school board president David Stolle, Bonser leaves behind a legacy of leadership. He said that the board appreciates that the district remains in very capable hands thanks to her expertise in building teams, expanding capacity and developing talent.
“The board will accept Superintendent Bonser’s resignation with great reluctance, but we certainly understand Sara’s need to support her family at this time,” he said. “Plano ISD has greatly benefited from Sara’s results-driven leadership and passion for student success. She will be missed tremendously by this board, the staff and the community.”
Bonser said she was proud to have served with the board and commended them for their dedication to providing students an outstanding education that prepares them for college and careers. She vowed to work with the board to ensure a smooth transition to her successor.
“I am thankful for every member of this community, every family and child I have met along the way and wish only the best for Plano ISD in the future,” she said. “I will always be proud to say that I live in Plano, taught in Plano ISD and led Plano ISD.”