DISTRICT NEWS RELEASE
Contact: Christina Courson, Public Information Officer
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: March 8, 2017
Lockhart Grieves Loss of Former Administrators
Two former administrators for Lockhart Independent School District were killed Tuesday in a tragic accident in Biloxi, Mississippi. Kenneth and Peggy Hoffman, both dedicated, former LISD administrators, were among four who died in the accident.
The Hoffmans served as teachers, colleagues, and leaders in the Lockhart community. The feelings of loss run deeply for former students and coworkers across the district.
“The impact that the Hoffmans had in our community through their devotion to our children and staff cannot be overstated,” said Superintendent Susan Bohn. “Even after retirement, they actively supported Lockhart students by regularly attending and cheering at athletic events, supporting Lockhart FFA, serving as judges for the annual district science fair, and working with those seeking to pursue a GED through the district’s community education department.”
The Hoffmans both worked for the school district for decades. Kenneth Hoffman served as teacher, coach, and assistant superintendent for the district, retiring in 1996. Peggy Hoffman began as a teacher, later becoming assistant principal at Lockhart High School and principal at Plum Creek Elementary. She retired in 2002.
The tradition of service in public education is a legacy four of their family members continue in Lockhart ISD. Melissa Messerly, their daughter, is a teacher at Carver Early Education Center. Tara Chapman, their granddaughter, teaches at Plum Creek Elementary School. Aubrey Voigt, their grandson, teaches and coaches at Lockhart Junior High School. Kelly Molitor, their granddaughter, serves as a counselor at the ML Cisneros Freshman Campus.
As the family grieves, Molitor reflected, “My grandparents were very loving and accepting people, but they had high standards and expectations--not just for us, but also for students,” shared Molitor. “They wanted people to meet their full potential.”
“Peggy Hoffman was my third grade teacher,” said LISD Director of Community Education Karla Tate, who heads the program where Mrs. Hoffman had been helping administer GED tests. “It is hard to believe. They were pillars in the community and will be sorely missed.”
The family will hold visitation 5 - 7 p.m. Monday at McCurdy Funeral Home, located at 105 E. Pecan St in Lockhart. Funeral services will take place 10 a.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church, located at 313 W. San Antonio Street in Lockhart. In lieu of sending flowers, the family requests donations be sent to The Education Foundation for Lockhart ISD at 105 S. Colorado, Lockhart, TX 78644 or www.foundation4lisd.com.