LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Independent School District confirms that its superintendent of schools is heading to Aldine ISD.
The statement from Lufkin ISD is as follows:
Dr. LaTonya Goffney was named the lone finalist as the Superintendent of Schools for Aldine ISD on Tuesday night at the Aldine ISD school board meeting. Dr. Goffney has been the superintendent of Lufkin ISD for the past five years.
Under Dr. Goffney's leadership, the Lufkin Education Foundation was established, as was the Leadership Academy for aspiring leaders in the district. She created partnerships with Stephen F. Austin State University to create a STEM academy for high school students and Angelina College for an Early College High School. The district has been financially sound, even giving raises to teachers and staff for the past four years of her tenure.
Dr. Goffney says that being the superintendent of Aldine will give her the opportunity to make a positive difference in more student lives and to continue her goal to show the importance of public education.
Dr. Goffney said, "It's always been about the kids and the work. I want what's best for all kids, and I can honestly say I've been blessed by my experience in Lufkin. It's with heartfelt thanks to the board, staff, parents and students for supporting me over the past five years. I covet prayers for my family and me on this next journey of our lives."
She was named the lone finalist at the Aldine ISD board meeting tonight, April 17, 2018. State law requires that Aldine ISD wait 21 days before offering her a contract.
The Lufkin ISD School Board president, Scott Skelton, released a statement Tuesday night.
The Lufkin ISD Board of Trustees is grateful for the service of Dr. LaTonya McGowen Goffney. Her selection as Superintendent of the Year and being hired by one of the 10 largest districts in the state brings positive recognition to Lufkin ISD. We wish her well on her journey with Aldine ISD and we look forward to continuing our work as a part of the Lufkin ISD Team who serves the children, employees, and parents of our district and community.
The upcoming bond election is not about the Superintendent and it is not about the Board. It is about the children of Lufkin ISD and the future of our community. We look forward to the community's participation and decision on May 5 as we build upon the foundation that has been laid.
The LISD Board will outline a plan to hire a superintendent to take LISD into the future.