Panthers get ready to go back to school on better campuses

By Holley Nees - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - After the Lufkin Panthers left school for the summer, construction took over.

"Purple pride, welcome back," said Lufkin Independent School District Superintendent Roy Knight.

That's what Knight wants all Lufkin Panther students to know as they walk through their new and remodeled schools.

"Every campus at Lufkin ISD has had some sort of work done," Knight explained.  "We're about 60 percent complete on our $50 million project. Lufkin High School has a $3 million science wing extension that's complete, that's in our hands."

Not to mention a new high school auditorium that will be ready in the Spring and a brand new primary school that will hold 500 children.

"We'll be in Burley, we expect to be in over the Christmas Holidays and start the second semester in brand new digs," Knight laughed.

He said the most rewarding thing is being able to build a better learning environment for his students.

"We've been able to renovate campuses in some of our economically depressed parts of town that really, I think, speaks to our commitment to our poor as well as our middle income families," Knight said.  "We've got great projects going on all over this community, created a lot of jobs and more importantly, it's created a sense of renewal in our older campuses for learning for our kids."

He points out there's something for kids to learn even in the midst of construction.

"Understanding that our community is committed to providing quality facilities for them because someday, it will be their turn to pay taxes for their kids and it's real easy to be real selfish when it's your money your turning loose," Knight said.

He's thankful for a community that's willing to back The Pack.

"It's a great time to be a Lufkin Panther," Knight smiled.

Especially when you have brand new and renovated campuses.

Knight said so far the projects are running under budget.

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