AS REPORTED IN THE LUFKIN DAILY NEWS:
The future looks grim for Angelina County’s largest school district. Budget cuts, program cuts and even employee cuts have crossed the lips of Lufkin Independent School District’s superintendent and board of trustees, although none is set in stone now.
Superintendent Roy Knight spent the past two weeks visiting all 14 campuses in the district, addressing staff about ways to make next year’s budget work.
“My teachers deserve to know what’s going on before springtime, especially when we know in advance,” Knight said. “I want them to know what the best- and worst-case scenarios may be, not only as a district, but campus by campus and program by program as best we know at this time.”
Staff members have already begun e-mailing ideas in ways to make cuts here and there, Knight said.
“They are really clever ideas,” Knight said. “They have had very unselfish attitudes about this, and I’m not surprised about that.”
Campus teams and staff members from each grade level will begin meeting following Thanksgiving break to brainstorm ways to save. Knight said he will then e-mail out those ideas to discuss campuswide.
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