"I've been in this community long enough to know moms and dads and grandmas and grandpas, too, so I'll find different ways to keep that personal contact," said Principal Roy Knight.
Knight came to the Lufkin Independent School District 27 years ago. He spent years teaching and coaching, but leading is what he's best known for.
"He is a uniter," said Guyla Bryan, a teacher. "He has brought the students together. I believe he's brought the faculty together. He's a good leader. He's a good man."
Even students recognize what their principal has to offer.
"He's smart," said Charles Proctor. "He knows how to treat kids, and I think he's a good businessman. He knows what he's doing."
Knight doesn't officially have a new job yet. Board members can't make a final decision on making him the superintendent for another three weeks.
"It's a legal requirement that gives some breathing room where the pressure's off and you explore the contractual arrangements," Knight said.
Being able to talk to students every day is one of Principal Knight's favorite perks. That close interaction is what he'll miss most. His students and teachers will miss him too.
"This is a man that comes to work everyday with a smile on his face," Bryan said. "He knows the kids. I believe he knows his faculty. He has good ideas."
The school district plans to hire a new principal before school lets out for the summer. Principal Knight will serve as deputy superintendent during his transition to superintendent. He was the only candidate for the position.