It is a choice lots of folks have been waiting to hear. After holding meetings with consultants and selected members of the public the Lufkin ISD board of trustees made their decision Tuesday evening on who will fill the shoes of outgoing superintendent John Sharp.
Current high school principal Roy Knight was unanimously selected to be the district's next superintendent.
During Tuesday night's board meeting, board members had nothing but praise for Knight. From his knowledge of the education system, to his love for kids.
"Mr. Knight's attitude toward children and his attitude toward creating the very best educational environment for every single child. We want every child that comes through this district to have a positive experience, and that's his number one goal." says NISD board president Stanley New.
Knight came to the Lufkin ISD 27 years ago as a coach and high school teacher. He'll continue the rest of the school year serving in his position as high school principal. Knight says one of his first priorities as superintendent will be to select a replacement for the job he currently holds.
"I'm tickled to death to serve, and like I said earlier this is my first opportunity to serve in a third hat in this district. Of course, the first thing that we'll do is look for the best high school principal that we can find that will be a match for our community and our school and our kids."
Knight will actually serve as deputy superintendent after this school year. Current superintendent David Sharp has agreed to stay on no later than December. The idea for this arrangement is to help Knight during his transition to the top seat. Of course Knight is still actually only a finalist for the job. The official vote making him superintendent will take place at a later date.