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Lufkin ISD Superintendent Moves on to Final Round

Five TASA Members Named Finalists for 2017 Superintendent of the Year
On Monday, the Texas Association of School Boards announced the five finalists for 2017 Texas Superintendent of the Year. The 2017 finalists are:

  • Robert Jaklich, Victoria ISD, Region 3
  • Thomas Randle, Lamar CISD, Region 4
  • LaTonya Goffney, Lufkin ISD, Region 7
  • Judd Marshall, Mount Pleasant ISD, Region 8
  • Jim Vaszauskas, Mansfield ISD, Region 11

With 15 years of administration experience, Goffney serves about 8,175 students. She has led Lufkin ISD for four years. Cited by the selection committee were her focus on transparency, removing barriers, and sharing best practices for continuous improvement in the district. Also noted were the community forums and state-of-the-district breakfasts to gather input and share progress. Goffney earned her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees at Sam Houston State University.