Lufkin ISD board could name superintendent finalist Thursday

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - During the Lufkin ISD School Board's regular meeting Thursday night, the district's leadership will be discussing the selection of a sole finalist to replace Superintendent Roy Knight, who will be retiring at the end of June.

"The school board has a pool of applicants to choose from that are all really sharp," Knight said, adding that he will be on hand to help with the transition if necessary.

Thursday night, the Lufkin ISD school board will meet in closed session to discuss narrowing the field of applicants to one person. Once they re-enter open session, they could take action to name a sole finalist. Once a finalist is named for the superintendent position, Texas law requires a 21-day waiting period.

According to Knight, Lufkin ISD had 40 applicants for the superintendent position. He said the school board has since narrowed that field down to seven candidates via thorough interviews.

"The board has conducted interviews; we expect them to," Knight said. "They've indicated to me that they will name a lone finalist next Thursday night."

Knight said that he cannot give any details about the seven candidates until the Lufkin ISD board makes its final decision.

There is a reason for the lack of transparency in the superintendent selection process, Knight said. Giving some examples, Knight said if word gets out that an educator has applied for the Lufkin ISD superintendent position, the district where that person came from, especially if they are from smaller communities. In addition, if a name got out, and the person didn't get the job, it could make his or her current job more difficult.

Knight, who has 39 years of experience in the education field, announced his plans to retire last November. He has served as the superintendent of Lufkin ISD for the past seven years. Before that, he served as a high school principal in the Dekalb, Hallsville, and Lufkin school districts.

The Lufkin ISD School Board will also take action on the following items:

  • Approval of bid on trust property
  • Approval of joint election agreement between Lufkin ISD and the City of Lufkin
  • Approval of election judges for May 11 trustee election
  • Approval of a resolution opposing "vouchers, taxpayer savings grants, tax credits, and other mechanisms that reduce public education funding."

Toward the end of the published agenda is another closed session to discuss the district's 2013-2014 professional recommendations. The board will take any necessary action on those recommendations once they re-enter open session.

Thursday night's meeting will be at 6 p.m. in the LISD Administration Building located at 101 Cotton Square.

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