Lake Dallas is the latest board to back Burns

Barbara Burns, Denton school board president, is leading the race for a coveted state board spot.

Following a unanimous 5-0 vote during a special board meeting Monday, Lake Dallas became the 12th school board to endorse Burns for the Region 11A spot. Board members Courtney Tankersley and Steve Payne were absent.

Burns is one five people nominated for the position on the Texas Association of School Boards. As of Monday evening, she was narrowly ahead of Julie Cole from Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD. Cole also asked for the Lake Dallas school board’s endorsement, but members threw their support behind Burns.

So far, Aubrey, Azle, Chico, Denton, Era, Little Elm, Muenster, Ponder, Sanger, Valley View and White Settlement ISDs have also endorsed Burns’ bid.

As of Tuesday afternoon, several dozen of the 77 eligible districts in the region had not yet filed an endorsement for any of the five candidates. Thursday is the filing deadline.

If selected for the position, Burns would serve a three-year term, during which she would help to oversee TASB operations.

Retired teachers meetings will continue

Following the summer recess, the first meeting of the Denton Area Retired School Personnel Association will be at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 6 at the Dive Bar & Restaurant, 3550 Unicorn Lake Blvd. All reservations must be made by today. Email

Meetings are typically held on the first Friday of each month at C.H. Collins Athletic Center.

— Compiled by Marshall Reid

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