Only one race up for grabs in upcoming Dallas ISD school board elections

The two longest-serving members of the Dallas ISD school board, Edwin Flores and Dan Micciche, will be in office for another three years as they are unopposed for May’s trustee election.

However, this does not guarantee that the board of the state’s second largest school district, which is rising to the challenge of bringing students back from a disjointed and difficult study period during COVID-19, will remain unchanged for the coming year.

Board chairman Justin Henry will compete against challenger Ulana Sigler for the seat in the 9th district of South Dallas, while Maxie Johnson, whose term expires in 2022, has tossed his hat in a Dallas City Council race for Oak Cliff.

The deadline for filing DISD in May was Friday. The early voting will take place April 19-24 and election day is May 1st.

Henry, an attorney, finished his first three-year term as trustee and said he was running again because of “work to do” efforts in some areas, particularly efforts to promote racial justice, early learning, and community engagement in the district.

He praised the camaraderie of DISD’s “strong and diverse” nine-member school board and said that during his tenure, the trustees had been able to work through their differences to find common ground to help the district’s students.

Sigler, an account manager for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, did not respond to calls and emails for comment.

Flores, a patent attorney, said Friday that this upcoming election would be his last. He served on the Dallas board of directors for a dozen years in two different roles: 2005 to 2012 and 2015 to 2021.

Flores – whose trust district includes northwest Dallas and parts of Addison, Carrollton, and Farmers Branch – said this is a particularly critical time for the district as it works to halt the learning losses its 150,000 students suffered during the coronavirus pandemic to have.

“Right now we have to be really innovative and really, really hard and make some tougher financial decisions to work through this COVID slide,” he said.

Micciche, a tax attorney, has been a trustee since 2012. Its trust district serves northeast Dallas, including the Vickery Meadow neighborhood.

“DISD is the state’s most improved district,” Micciche said in a statement. “My goal is to keep DISD moving.”

Another board seat could open this spring if Johnson – in his first tenure as DISD trustee – replaces incumbent Dallas city council member Carolyn King Arnold. Arnold, whose borough serves Oak Cliff, won a special election in 2018 to fill the vacant seat of Dwaine Caraway and won again the following year for a full two-year term.

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