Longtime H-E-B trustee stepping down

Longtime Hurst-Euless-Bedford Trustee Jeff Burnett announced Tuesday that he will step down after 15 years of service, leaving an opening on the school board.

Trustees said they will appoint a replacement to Place 2 in May for the rest of his term, which will expire next year.

Burnett is resigning because he and his wife, Jana, are fulfilling a longtime dream of moving to Sundance Square in Fort Worth.

"Serving on this school board has been one of the greatest joys of my life," said Burnett, 56. "We may not always agree, but everybody's heart is focused on doing what is best for the kids."

District staff will send out a public notice about the vacancy and will accept applications through April 5. Trustees plan to review and screen applications, then interview finalists April 17 and appoint a sole finalist May 15.

A reception for Burnett is set for 5 p.m. April 16 at the Pat May Center.

Burnett, pastor at First Baptist Church of Hurst, graduated from L.D. Bell High School, sent his two children to H-E-B schools and now has two grandchildren in the district.

"This district has been very good to my family," he said. "But it's time for a new generation of leaders."

Sarah Bahari, 817-390-7056

Twitter: @sarahbfw