Lake Dallas school board secretary Carol Jula said the July 21 meeting will be her last as a school board member.
Jula said she plans to relocate to Fort Worth and gain “some personal time.” She works in far southwest Fort Worth, for a roundtrip of about 120 miles each day.
“I spend almost 15 hours driving to and from work each week and have been for a couple of years,” she said.
In a resignation letter that Jula said she submitted to the school board in May, she wrote that she was honored to have served the Lake Dallas community for 11 years. Her current term on the board expires in May 2015.
“I have seen lots of changes, both good and bad, but overall I have the [utmost] respect for our staff, kids and community,” she wrote. “I will be moving out of the district and need to pass the opportunity onto someone else to serve.”
Jula is not the only area school board member to resign in recent months.
Brad Andrus, a banker and former Krum City Council member, was appointed last month to fill a vacancy on the Krum school board after Donna Hooper resigned with just under two years remaining in her term. In May, the Sanger school board appointed Michelle Springer to replace Cristy Koonce, who resigned with about two years left in her term.
According to the state election code, a school board member must submit a written and signed resignation notice. A school board can fill a vacant unexpired term by either appointing someone until the next election or by ordering a special election.
Jula has lived in the Lake Cities area since 1996, and her two children graduated from Lake Dallas High School in 2009 and 2012. She said she first became active with the district participating in school PTA groups and eventually ran for school board.
In the 11 years Jula has served on the board, she said she’s seen several changes in the student and community population. She said when she joined the board, the district had two elementary schools and a primary school. In the last several years she’s seen the closing of the primary school, the opening of an additional elementary school, renovations to the middle school and an expansion at the high school.
“We’ve grown so much,” Jula said. “We’ve done phenomenal things ... so change is good.”
One thing that never wavered, though, was the school board’s mission of helping all students reach their “full social and academic potential,” Jula said.
“That’s what I’m most proud of, is that’s never faltered from the board’s view,” she said.
Melaynee Broadstreet, a spokeswoman for the Lake Dallas school board, said the district is sorry to see Jula go.
A reception recognizing Jula’s years of service will be at 4:30 p.m. July 21 in the board room at the Lake Dallas ISD Central Services Building.
BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876 and via Twitter at @BritneyTabor.