Retired Texas Superintendent Throws Support Behind Board Newcomer

Friday, March 15, 2013

The popular retired Plano superintendent Doug Otto has publicly endorsed a candidate for the first time in about three decades, and it is not a trustee he worked with on the school board.

Otto has endorsed Yoram Solomon, a technology business executive who is also an inventor. Solomon is running for the Place 6 seat against trustee Marilyn Hinton.

In his endorsement speech (posted below), Otto notes that this is the first time in 32 years that he’s been able to be active in a school board election since he retired last year. After nearly 17 years as superintendent, he particularly couldn’t say anything as trustees had  the power to hire and fire him.

But after putting so much work into Plano schools, Otto said he has a lot invested in the district. “I want to make sure that the district maintains to be the best districts. … I think Yoram interprets my vision as well as anybody.”

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