The Year in Celebration
Lufkin ISD’s Goffney, Coahoma ISD Board Honored
School Board Recognition Month
Throughout January, recognized as School Board Recognition Month, school districts across Texas celebrated the service and dedication of their school board members. Activities statewide included recognition
of local school boards by districts, PTAs, booster clubs, community leaders, and individual campuses.
To help districts celebrate School Board Recognition Month, TASB prepared a planning kit centered
on the theme of 2017 All-Star Team. The kit included ideas for honoring school boards and individual
Superintendent of the Year
Lufkin ISD Superintendent
La Tonya Goffney was named the 2017
Superintendent of the Year October
7 at the TASA/TASB Convention in
Dallas. With 15 years of administration experience, Goffney is in her fifth
year as superintendent of Lufkin ISD,
which serves approximately 8,200
The state selection committee noted Goffney’s commitment to
making a difference in children’s lives
every day. When Goffney speaks to
groups, she asks audience members
to look at pictures of their children
or grandchildren and tells them what
they want for their own children is
what we should do for all children.
Goffney was selected for the
award from a group of state finalists
that included Robert Jaklich, Victoria ISD, Region 3; Thomas Randle, Lamar CISD, Region 4; Judd Marshall, Mount Pleasant ISD, Region 8; and Jim Vaszauskas, Mansfield ISD, Region 11.
Outstanding School Board
At this year’s Convention, the Coahoma ISD Board was selected as the 2017 Outstanding School
Board. Coahoma ISD trustees include President Brian Moore, Vice-President Jody Reid, Secretary Craig
Ferguson, and members Dicky Stone, Lori Martinez, Kandy Alaman, and Michael Brooks.
The Coahoma ISD Board was chosen from among five finalists that were interviewed by a committee of Texas school superintendents. The committee’s decision was based on several criteria, including the
board’s support for educational performance, educational improvement projects, and school transformation
initiatives; commitment to a code of ethics; and placement of the welfare of children served by the school
system above other motives.
Other finalists named as Honor Boards were Galena Park, Hardin-Jefferson, Mansfield, and Royse City
Lufkin ISD Superintendent La Tonya Goffney accepts the 2017
Superintendent of the Year Award at the TASA/TASB Convention.