Keller Citizen

May 13, 2014

Three places filled on Northwest ISD school board

Voters select two incumbents, former educator.

Northwest school board incumbents Mel Fuller and Devonna Holland, who have served on the school board since 2008, led in their bids for re-election, according to unofficial totals.

Meanwhile, in a wide-open race for Place 6, former educator Lillian Rauch topped all candidates in a six-person field.

With all Denton and Wise precincts reporting, the 51-year-old Holland, a Rhome resident who is currently the school board secretary, received 50.5 percent of the vote in Place 5, compared to 49.5 percent for challenger Jerry Burkett, 38, of Fort Worth.

The 64-year-old Rauch, a retired Northwest School District teacher, received 35 percent of the vote in Place 6, and the next closest candidate was Kristi Wade, 48, of Trophy Club, who received 33 percent of the vote. Andrew Bennett, 45, was next with 12 percent followed by Stan Durham, 59, with 12 percent, Aaron Fraser, 38, with 6 percent and Edward Mergenthal, Jr., 40, with 2 percent.

The 48-year-old Fuller, a Trophy Club resident who is currently the school board president, received 58 percent of the vote in Place 7, compared with 42 percent for challenger Doug Smith, 52, of Roanoke.

"I’m humbled and also excited that they entrusted me to carry on for another three years,” Fuller said. “The way the district has been moving the last eight to 10 years has been incredible. I’m glad it’s over and the campaigning is done."

The Northwest School District has an enrollment of more than 19,000 students and remains one of the fastest growing school districts in the state.

The district is spread over 234-square miles, which falls into portions of portions of Denton County, Wise County and Tarrant County.

Northwest ISD has plans to open its third comprehensive high school, Eaton, in the Haslet/North Fort Worth area in 2015.

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