Laredo ISD teachers poured into the Laredo Entertainment Center along with other district employees, all for a celebration marking a brand new school year. Despite the confetti and balloons, Superintendent Marcus Nelson made it clear that the district has a very hard road ahead. The LEC was a rainbow of colors today, all representing district schools. Today teachers say bumps in the road are no match for them, all thanks to the clear plan of a new administration. Rev up your engines, a new superintendent is taking the wheel. “I know when we come to the annual event to hear the annual speaker.” Bringing in a style of his own, Dr. Marcus Nelson formally introduced himself to thousands of district employees, hundreds of them teachers who say today marks a brand new year of brand new opportunities. “I’m just as excited with the direction of a new administration and everything.” Though the celebration has begun, officials say there’s a long road ahead. “We certainly have a lot of challenges ahead and a lot of hard work and it's not a situation where we can coast or go through the motions. We have to have serious focus to accomplish our goals,” says Dr. Nelson. With one high school being closely monitored by the state, Nelson says it's important to clearly lay out the expectations. One of the most important is making sure students learn Spanish and English and learn it well. “Our goal as a school district is to make sure students graduate bilingual and be bi-literate.” School administrators say the leadership so far is well received. “It's unparalleled right now. We have a goal, a theme, and a drive. Everybody sees what Dr. Nelson's vision is for LISD” “We're ready. W're ready. It's going to be a challenge. We're ready. We're prepared.” Nelson says the finest hour for LISD has only begun. Meanwhile district employees say they're ready for a new year and are hoping for good results. Students begin classes on Monday.