It is with great pleasure that we welcome all those returning for another school year. To all of our new staff, students and families, we thank you for choosing LISD and hope your experience here is special. The city of Lumberton continues to see strong growth; the city has grown 36% according to our last census. With growth comes challenges for our community; new roads, subdivisions and businesses are appearing all around us. As for our schools, as you can see, construction on the west side of town is presenting challenges for us to get schools ready for the start of the school year. We know that the headaches are temporary. We are asking everyone to be patient as we work around the construction occurring at the High School and Intermediate School.

Academically we are ready to challenge our students to be prepared for the STAAR assessments given by the state of Texas. We are a “Recognized” district.  We know we will always be responsible for some measure of accountability - that’s expected and fair. However, Lumberton also knows that testing is not the only thing that makes our schools great. Our staff shows a level of commitment to develop the whole child: knowledge, citizenship, respect, community service, appreciation for the fine arts, extracurricular activities, college and career readiness are all part of what happens at Lumberton ISD. We are proud of our programs and their accomplishments. We truly feel when students and parents get involved; it makes for a well-rounded student and provides more opportunities for students to succeed.

We know to be successful in any organization there has to be “Team Work”. We will focus on this from the top administration all the way to our parents. There is nothing too challenging for this district if we all work together. I am looking forward to working with everyone in the 2013-2014 school year. Again, welcome to Lumberton ISD.

John Valastro