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Col. Burnie Roper, Retires from 35 years of Military Service


Dr. Burnie L. Roper is truly a servant and servant-leader.  His service in these capacities is evident in his consecutive career engagement in public schools and the military.  Many are aware that Dr. Roper began his career in education in 1991 as a mathematics teacher.  His exemplary service resulted in professional growth opportunities that resulted in roles as an assistant principal, principal and now district superintendent.  He has spent fifteen of his twenty -eight years of service in public education at Lackland Independent School District.  He served five years as the principal of Stacey Jr./Sr. High School and ten years in his current role as Superintendent.  However, what may be of surprise to most is that Dr. Roper has been just as dedicated to supporting our nation’s safety and security through his service in the Army.  On Saturday, December 7, 2019, Col. Burnie Roper will retire and be recognized for 35 years of military service.  In this assignment, Col. Roper was responsible for a Combat Sustainment Battalion consisting of five subordinate commands with a total authorized strength of 600 soldiers.  Lackland ISD students and staff, led by our JROTC, celebrated Col. Roper’s retirement with a sendoff to his final weekend of service.  We are truly proud of the leadership and commitment to our district and country that Dr. Roper exemplifies daily.



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