Liberty ISD welcomes employees back as start of school year nears

Dr. Cody Abshier, superintendent of Liberty ISD, welcomes district employees back from their summer break during a gathering on Aug. 6 at Liberty High School.

At an early morning convocation Monday, Aug. 6, Liberty ISD Superintendent Cody Abshier welcomed school district employees back from their summer break. The new school year will officially begin for students on Thursday, Aug. 16.

Abshier said that enrollment numbers for Liberty ISD look steady, with no major declines or increases.

“We haven’t lost any students. We’re expecting around 2,200 students this year. We would like to see a little bit of moderate growth though,” he said.

Abshier said around 50 new employees joined the district this year, including bus drivers, teachers and aides. Among the new staff is Benicia Bendele, who is taking the helm of principal at the high school. She replaces Dr. Chad Barrett who left for a position as an athletic trainer at Pasadena ISD.

Bendele will be joined at LHS by Coach Robert Hagan, who will be the discipline coordinator.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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