bids fond farewell to Lockney ISD 12-02-2004
...LOCKNEY -- Raymond Lusk will soon retire as the superintendent of the Lockney Independent School District and, in so doing, will bring to an end an association that has spanned much of his adult life.
has come and gone from the community and school system on several occasions, Lusk
admitted recently that his
heart always has been with the folks in Lockney.
"This is a town I love.I keep coming back," he
said as he
reflected on his
long career with the school system and the community.
"This is a town with a lot of pride in their community and in their kids," he
continued.Lusk began his association with the Lockney school district in 1967 when he became the band director.
That work was interrupted in 1969 when he
was drafted and spent a year in Vietnam and another stationed in San Antonio.After serving his stint in the military and getting a master,s degree in music from Kansas State University, Lusk returned to Lockney in 1973 and took his former post as band director.He continued in that capacity until 1981 -- taking on the added duties of junior high school principal in 1980.
In 1985, he
left Lockney again to take a superintendent,s position in Wellman.Lusk was away for eight years before the lure of Lockney brought him back in 1993 to serve in his current position.
thought back over the years, Lusk
time in Lockney has been both rewarding and challenging.
Perhaps the biggest challenge he
and the district faced during his
tenure was the drug testing controversy that blew up in 2000.
acknowledged that it was a rough period, but he
was as firm in his
convictions about the value of the program as ever.
"You do the things you believe in," he
said."You don,t win every battle.The ones you don,t (win) you don,t dwell on."Lusk said he will continue as superintendent through the end of his current contract.His
retirement will become effective June 30, 2005.
...The board hopes to have the new superintendent in place by the end of March so that individual will have a couple of months to work with Lusk, thus better ensuring a smooth transition.
As for Lusk
is looking forward to retirement.
...LOCKNEY -- Raymond Lusk will soon retire as the superintendent of the Lockney Independent School District and, in so doing, will bring to an end an . . . From The Plainview Daily Herald