Burleson ISD Names Principal of the Academy of the Arts at Bransom Elementary

BURLESON, Texas – (June 12, 2018) – Burleson Independent School District (BISD) announces Robert Balentine as Principal of the Academy of the Arts at Bransom Elementary School. Balentine was announced at the June 11 board meeting.

Balentine has 16 years of experience in education and has been an administrator for seven years, serving most recently as an administrator in the Mansfield school district. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana Tech University and a masters in education administration from Lamar University.

“We welcome Principal Balentine to the Academy of the Arts at Bransom Elementary School,” said Dr. Bret Jimerson, BISD Superintendent. “He is a skilled administrator and will be a wonderful addition to our district.”

Before coming to BISD, Balentine was an administrator at Mary Orr Intermediate School and was part of the administrative team that opened Nancy Neal Elementary. He oversaw the creation of a Site Based Decision Making Committee and served on the District Education Improvement Council. A musician of 32 years, Balentine also created a student guitar club, teaching students basic chord structures and fundamentals for the past four years.

“I am humbled and excited for the opportunity to serve the Bransom students, teachers, and families as principal at the Academy of the Arts at Bransom Elementary,” said Balentine. “I look forward to being a part of a district that has such a strong sense of family and community.”    

Academy of the Arts at Bransom Elementary will host a “Meet and Greet” for Balentine on Monday, June 18, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the library. Parents, students and community members are invited to join in welcoming him to the campus.
The Bransom staff “Meet and Greet” is planned for Monday, June 18, Monday, June 18, from 4:30 to 5 p.m.

The district sincerely thanks Joy Burchfield for leading the Bransom Bobcats through the years and wishes her well in her new leadership position in the district.



Burleson Independent School District serves more than 12,000 students at 17 schools, and is recognized as a premier school district in the Dallas/Fort Worth-area. The mission of Burleson Independent School District is to engage and support every learner with a rigorous curriculum so that they graduate college and career ready.



Mikala Hill or Katelyn Tyler

Burleson ISD Communications