Lufkin's new superintendent shares plans, including bond

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin ISD's lone finalist for superintendent might be new to the job, but Lynn Torres is definitely a familiar face to many in the department.

"Having been here for 42 years, I guess I'm a testament to, if you show up everyday and you're the chief volunteer, one day you'll get to be the superintendent," Torres said.

Torres spent 27 years teaching students at Lufkin High School, experience that LISD School Board member, Scott Skelton, said made the decision easy.

"What the board decided we wanted to do was to look internally, because we felt like the district was in good shape," Skelton said. "And, we have a lot of programs that we had started."

Torres added that the current bond work has been easy to adjust to with her past experience with two other bond packages.

"We're taking RFQ's for architects that are due today," Torres said. "We'll be meeting, we'll be making recommendations, and we'll determine the construction method. The design team, we're going forward with that."

She also said she plans to encourage students who go to their counselors as a mental health resource.

"It's important to get counselors in there, putting in our behavior plan, so that kids learn how to deal with their emotions and so forth in a positive way," Torres said.

Torres is currently the president of the Deep East Texas Council of Governments, but plans to step down after the next meeting.

The former assistant superintendent, Kurt Stephens, will now be taking over for Torres as the deputy superintendent.

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