Renovations at Plano ISD’s Williams Stadium are expected to begin in February — just over a year after voters approved several bond propositions totaling $1.3 billion.
According to a Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation filing, the project involves 275,333 square feet of improvements to the fieldhouse, bleachers, and press box at T.H. Williams High School, which first served as Plano High School when it was built in 1961.
The new work on the stadium bears a construction cost of $57 million to taxpayers. PBK of Dallas is listed on the TDLR filing as the design firm. Its projects across Texas include schools in Houston, Killeen, Round Rock, Katy, Humble, Corpus Christi, and Austin.
Scheduled for completion in August 2026, the project is part of upgrades planned across Plano ISD.
In Plano, Proposition B provides funding for safety and security equipment, the district’s transportation department, technology upgrades, career and technology programs, maintenance, fine arts, and renovations.
The scope of the approved bonds included Proposition C, specifically earmarking funds for instructional technology.
Voters in November 2022 also approved through a tax-rate election funding for staff and programs at Plano ISD.
Under Texas law, school districts cannot use bond revenue for such expenditures as teacher salaries and administrative pay. That money must be spent on new construction, renovations, land acquisition, and equipment.
With an annual budget of about $754 million, student enrollment at Plano ISD is around 48,000. In addition to Plano, the district serves students from Dallas, Richardson, Allen, Carrollton, Murphy, Garland, Parker, Lucas, and Wylie. It has four early childhood centers, 44 elementary schools, 13 middle schools, and nine high schools.
During the 2022-2023 school year, only 62% of Plano ISD students scored at grade level on their STAAR exams. Still, Plano ISD performed far better that year than Dallas ISD, which saw only 41% of its students score at grade level.