LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - We're learning more about the soul finalist named for superintendent of the Lubbock Independent School District.
Dr. Karen Garza comes to Lubbock from the Texas gulf coast, where she's spent three years as the Chief Academic Officer at Houston ISD. Before that, Garza was deputy superintendent for Corpus Christy ISD, but the sole finalist has Hub City ties.
Dr. Garza's parents grew up on the South Plains, in Spur and Littlefield. They then moved to Lubbock, where her two brothers were born. Monday morning, Garza told the board she and her husband are very excited to be in Lubbock. "I was very familiar with the community. I love the friendly nature of this community, and certainly the size of the district and the overall community was appealing to us," Garza said.
During her time in Houston, she was responsible for the instruction and operation of more than 200,000 students at 300 campuses. Outgoing superintendent Wayne Havens says her experience makes her one of the top candidates in the state. "Dr. Garza will bring an energy and a newness to our, not only our school district, but our community, and in the end the benefactors of that will be the students of the Lubbock Independent School District," Havens said.
Havens tells NewsChannel 11 that Garza is a positive change for the district, and he's ready to sit back and watch the progress take place.
Garza says she has some plans in mind for when she takes the lead, but did not announce any specifics Monday. She plans to start on July 1st.
LISD to announce finalist for Superintendent