Lufkin ISD celebrates the graduation of 16 special needs students

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - "Carina is special. She's bubbly. I can always count on a smile with Carina," said Lufkin High School Special Education Counselor, Angela Roberts.

Roberts, is proud to award 16 of her students with their high school diplomas. School officials say after graduation some students seek further education, some stay at home, while others join the workforce.

For graduate Carina Santes, graduation is just the beginning.

"Thank you for Lufkin High School. I graduate this year. I love school," said Santes.

She aspires to attend Angelina College to receive training to work in the food industry. Roberts looks forward to seeing Santes achieve this goal.

"She'll be able to accomplish anything she puts her mind to," said Roberts.

"The end of the year is always great. With our kids, we always look forward to seeing what comes next for them," said Polly Goodier, LISD Teacher for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

For Roberts and other teachers, graduation shows what these kids are capable of achieving.

"It says that Lufkin does what we need to do for our kids," said Goodier.

In an audit conducted earlier this year, LISD was considered non-compliant with federal special needs regulations for oversized classes. However, LISD Superintendent, Roy Knight, says larger class sizes have never compromised student learning.

"I wish our legislators were here to see the kind of challenges that not only our students, but our staff faces, to ensure that our kids are provided with the kind of quality education they deserve," said Knight.

The special education students had the option to march Friday or participate in the main ceremony next week.

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