VOLUME 6, ISSUE 7 MARCH 20APRIL 23, 2020
Funding at stake as census begins Organizers are pitching in to help census workers get an accurate count of the Plano population, as thousands of federal dollars are at risk for every person the count misses. Alan Johnson is one of those trying to help. For the last year, the Plano resident has headed the Plano Census 2020 Complete Count Committee, a group the city tasked with working with local organizations to ensure an accurate count. “Our whole point over the last year has been to focus on promoting the census and informing people that CONTINUED ON 28 BY DANIEL HOUSTON Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated across states and communities in addition to how many congressional seats a state gets. $1,578 will be allocated to Texas annually for each person counted. Federal assistance programs that allocate funds based on decennial data include: WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
P I S D Fine Arts Center $67.5 million budgeted in 2016 bond $5million for land purchase $53.3
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The Plano ISD Fine Arts Center is currently under construction along Alma Drive. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
Long-awaitedPISDne arts center nears completion
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and none of them have come to fruition.” The 85,000 square-foot building along Alma Drive is engineered to support each facet of the district’s ne arts programs. The main theater is designed to hold 1,700 people. Other unique spaces include an art gallery, a dance rehearsal space and a studio theater, Kuddes said. The center was approved as part of PISD’s $481 million 2016 bond referendum and was originally expected to be built by late 2019. A number of factors, including permits and weather, pushed the start of construction to April 2019, PISD Chief Financial Ocer Randy McDowell said. CONTINUED ON 26
For years, Plano students and artists have turned to neighboring cities to host their bigger productions because their own city lacked a venue of sucient size. All that will change with the opening of the new Plano ISD Fine Arts Center. The $67.5 million facility is a dream several decades in the making, PISD Fine Arts Director Kathy Kuddes said. “In the last 25 years,” Kuddes said, “there have been sev- eral conversations about locations and a facility that would meet this need, either built by the city or in a partnership with the district or in a partnership with several cities, …
Medical assistance programs State Children's Health Insurance Program
Special education grants
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