Lufkin ISD officials address pending superintendent search

Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - After Tuesday night's news, many are wondering what the next steps will be for the Lufkin Independent School District.

Aldine ISD announced Dr. LaTonya Goffney as their lone finalist for the superintendent of schools.

Goffney has been superintendent of Lufkin ISD for the past five years, but now, the district will have to make arrangements to move forward.

"We have a team, and you know, when a team member leaves, the whole team doesn't shut down, the team moves on, and that's what we'll do," said Scott Skelton, the school board president.

According to Skelton, a Monday morning meeting will take place to begin the superintendent search process.

"We'll come together and choose the right leader for Lufkin ISD for the future. Hopefully, we'll have that person in June and maybe the latest, July," Skelton said.

Skelton said even with the latest news, the bond election will proceed as planned.

"It's about the needs of our kids. It's really not about a person whether that person is the superintendent or whether that person is an individual board member," Skelton said.

Erika Neil said her child will be a part of Lufkin ISD next year and that she thinks the bond election is still important.

"If you look at the opportunities at the high school, the middle school. There needs to be a firm-sounding board to promote those opportunities," Neil said.

Neil and other parents created the Pack-Pac Facebook group to educate and promote the bond election.

"Instead of applying just a Band-Aid to an overloading problem we can provide an actual solution," Neil said.

School officials believe the board will have more duties involved because they now have to do a superintendent selection, but their teamwork and work ethic will help out.

"We'll just do our work. We're a good board and we work well together," Skelton said.

Goffney will continue being Lufkin's superintendent for the remainder of the school year.

Her last day with the district has not been set yet.

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