Prior to taking the job of superintendent, Lane has been working as the business manager of the school district since August of 2010.
He began his career in education as a coach who taught health, drivers education and history.
Originally from Honey Grove, Texas, Lane has many years of experience working at several school districts throughout the state, working as a coach, athletic director, principal and superintendent of schools.
Among the top priorities for Lane as he fills his new role will be to facilitate any transitions that may be necessary in light of anticipated state budget cutbacks in education.
“This is a tough time,” Lane said. “The school district needs someone who can handle those key issues and possibly – if we did have to have reduction in staff – someone who has fought those battles in order to try to work through it as smoothly as possible.”
Lane said that if any reduction in staff is needed, he hopes to be able to reduce the number of positions through attrition – without having to consider layoffs.
Another goal for Lane is to help work toward building up the “fund balance” savings for the school district. Currently Kenedy ISD has about two months of operating expenses in its fund balance, but Lane hopes to increase that over the next several years.
Lane said that because of some oil leases the school district has, production of any wells produced may lead to a new source of revenue for the school district, and may help alleviate some of the district’s budgetary challenges.