Palestine ISD School Board
Duties of the School Board:
  1. The role of the Palestine ISD board is to govern the independent school district, as a body corporate, and shall oversee the management of the district. TEC 11.051(a)
  2. Examples of the school board duties include: adopt goals and policies of the district and evaluate the results of those polices.
  3. The role of the Palestine ISD superintendent is be the educational leader and chief executive officer of the school district TEC 11.201 (a)
  4. Examples of the superintendent’s duties are the developing and implementing plans and monitoring the progress of those plans.
The PISD School Board meets on the Third Monday of each month at 6:00pm for Closed Session, then 7:00pm for its Open Session in the board room, 1007 E. Park Avenue.


Upcoming 2020-21 Monthly School Board Meetings:

Monday, February 15, 2021

Thursday, March 25, 2021 (Moved due to Spring Break March 15-19, 2021)

Monday, April 19, 2021

Monday, May 17, 2021

Kurt Herrington

Kurt Herrington, President, Place 4
Kurt Herrington was elected to the P.I.S.D. Board in May 2016.  Kurt was raised in Palestine and graduated from Palestine High School in 1998.  Kurt graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2003.  He also has an Associate degree of Applied Sciences from the Dallas Funeral Institute and is a licensed Mortician in the State of Texas.  Kurt is the President of Herrington / Land of Memory Funeral Home and Land of Memory Cemetery in Palestine.  He is a member of the Rotary Club of Palestine and on the Building & Standards Committee for the City of Palestine.  He and his wife Christi of 11 years have three boys who attend and will soon attend P.I.S.D. schools.

Stanley Sololowski
Stanley Sokolowski, Vice President, Place 6

Stanley Sokolowski was elected to the PISD Board of Trustees in May 2011. Born and raised in Jackson, Missouri, Stanley graduated from Jackson High School in 1988. He received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Missouri in 1992. In 1995, he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston.  Stanley and his family moved to Palestine in 2003.  In January of 2015, Stanley opened his own law office.  Stanley has previously worked for the Anderson County District Attorney’s Office, the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office and a Justice of the Peace in Harris County.  Stanley and his family are active members of 1st Baptist Church-Palestine. Stanley has coached youth softball, football, t-ball, soccer and basketball. Stanley and his wife Ann have two children: Hayden, a recent graduate of Palestine High School and Reagan, who is currently attending Palestine High School.  Stanley and Ann are also members of the Palestine Band Boosters.

Jeffrey Schwab
Jeffrey Schwab, Secretary, Place 3
Jeffrey Schwab was born and raised in Palestine. He graduated from Palestine High School in 2005 where he was a member of the state golf team. He graduated from the University of Texas – Tyler in 2009 with a degree in finance. He is a Commercial Loan Officer for VeraBank in Palestine and has served on the William Ingram Scholarship Board Since 2014. He and his wife Courtney were married in September 2016 and they have two boys. He was elected to the school board in 2015.    
Michael Bennett
Michael Bennett, Place 7
Michael Bennett was elected to the School Board in 2005. He has served at Board President four times. He has also served as Board Vice President. Bennett graduated from Palestine High School with honors in 1979, and graduated from Texas A&M in 1983 with an Agriculture Education Degree. Bennett works as a local financial adviser, and is a member of Triple S Cowboy Church. He and his wife, Stacy, have a daughter, Emma, who attends Texas A&M University.
Dyna Tutt
Dyna Tutt, Place 1
Dyna Tutt was elected to the PISD Board of Trustees in 2003. She has served two years as board president and twice as vice president. She has served on the policy committee for several years. Dyna received her Post Graduate Nursing Education Certificate in 2007. She received MS in Allied Health in 1999 and BSN in 1990 from UT at Tyler. She received her ADN from El Centro College in Dallas in 1980 and LVN from TVCC in 1975. She attended Elkhart School District prior to college. She is currently employed as a Nursing Instructor at UT at Tyler, Palestine Campus. She is also a certified Critical Care Nurse.
    Dyna is involved in the community through Nurse Christian Fellowship at UT at Tyler, Palestine campus, member of NAACP and Congo Truck Club. Life long member of the Beulah Baptist Church in Elkhart, currently serving as president of usher board and vice president of finance. She has two daughters, both are graduates of PISD. Charlotte is in real estate and apartment management in Austin, and husband Chris lease’s apartments. Felecia graduated from the UT at Tyler, spring 2008. Two granddaughters Lauren and Labrina.
Brandon Sheeley
Brandon Sheeley, Place 2

Brandon Sheeley was elected to the PISD Board of Trustees in May 2015. He was born and raised in Anderson County, Texas, and graduated from Frankston High School in 1990. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Texas at Tyler in 1994, and earned his Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Management from Sam Houston State University in 1998. He has worked in Probation since 1994 and is currently the Director of the Cherokee County Community Supervision and Corrections Department. He is a licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and Certified Anger Resolution Therapist.  He and his wife, Angela, have two sons, Lucas and Seth, both recent graduates of Palestine High School.

Janie Sepulveda
Davi Killion Ingram, Place 5
Davi Killion Ingram was appointed to the school board in May 2018. She was born and raised in Palestine and graduated from Palestine High School in 2001. She received her Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M University in 2005, and earned her Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Lamar University in 2009. She taught middle school English for 8 years in Austin, Plano, and Lake Jackson, Texas. She is an avid believer that every child can learn, and she is passionate about education.
    This passion for children and education, along with her faith, led her to open Evangelistic Temple Learning Center (ETLC) in 2015. It is a Christian based learning center/daycare- facility open to the community for children six weeks to 12 years old. She currently serves on the board as the President of ETLC. She has also been involved with the Palestine Chamber of Commerce, serving as an ambassador and on the board of directors, as well as being a member of the Palestine Junior Service League. She currently assists in running the family business, Killion’s Collision, and Hertz Rental Car in Palestine, which she opened in 2011.
    She and her husband of 9 years, Jonathan Ingram, have three children, Violet, 5, Carly, 3, and Sam, 10 months.