A new year will bring a new superintendent to Leverett’s Chapel ISD, but not a new face.
Josh Johnson will begin his new job as superintendent on Jan. 7, following the winter break.
Johnson has been at LCISD for nine years, three of those as the business manager. He is familiar with the small school staff and is looking forward to his new adventure.
“It’s an awesome little school up here in northern Rusk County,” Johnson said.
Johnson began his education career almost 20 years ago as a biology teacher before making his way to principal and then the business office.
He has taught and been principal at Jacksonville ISD, Sabine ISD, Gladewater ISD and Carlisle ISD.
As a Henderson native and 1996 Henderson High School graduate, he is proud to find something close to home in the position he’s always wanted. His wife Amanda is also apart of the LCISD family as the band director and she also attended HHS. They have two children enrolled at LCISD in the eighth and fifth grade.
“Back when I was teaching that’s when I went back to school and got my master’s degree, principal certification and then also went ahead and got my superintendent certification,” Johnson said.
Johnson attended Kilgore College and Stephen F. Austin State University where he received his masters and superintendent certification.
Donna Johnson, the current superintendent, announced her retirement at the beginning of the school year, but said she’d work through the first semester.
“I just want to continue with the excellence that was already laid in place before I came,” Johnson said.
Although the position will change, it appears to look like a smooth transition will happen as Johnson takes on his new title since the staff knows him already.
“The one great thing about our school district is we are such a small district,” Johnson said. “We keep attendance of about 250 kids district wide but because of that size we feel like a family here. All the students know all the other students regardless of the grade because we are all at one location. We aren’t scattered all around. With our buildings so close to one another all the teachers know each other well. I think that’s probably what also contributes to our success.”
Johnson wants to continue things as they are, but plans to fix a few things here and there and look into helping the schools financial stability.
“With Mrs. Johnson being here 25 years, that’s one message I plan to get through to them [the staff] in January is that even though she’s done an outstanding job, I look forward to taking the baton from her and taking on what she’s leaving,” Johnson said.
LCISD has a lot to offer students extracurricularly with sports, band and ag. Johnson looks to continue to help those programs grow and continue to succeed.
“We love to get community people to come watch our football games being the only school in Rusk County to have six-man football,” Johnson said.