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 5:30pm for Closed Session, then 6:00pm for its Open Session in the board room, 1007 E. Park Avenue.


Upcoming 2022-23 Monthly School Board Meetings:

Regular Meeting - Monday, September 19, 2022, 6:00 PM

Public Hearing and Regular Meeting - Monday, August 22, 2022, 6:00 PM 

Next Election:

Trustee Election May 6, 2023

Kurt Herrington

Stanley Sokolowski, 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 2019 graduate of Palestine High School and Reagan, a senior at Palestine High School.  Stanley and Ann are also members of the Palestine Band Boosters.

Stanley Sololowski
Jeffrey Schwab, Vice President, 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 three boys. He was elected to the school board in 2015.    


Jeffrey Schwab
Davi Killion Ingram, President, 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 owns and operates the family business, Killion’s Collision. She and her husband of 12 years, Jonathan Ingram, have three children, Violet, 8, Carly, 6, and Sam, 4.

Michael Bennett
Dyna Tutt, Secretary, Place 1

Dyna Tutt has been an elected member of the Palestine Independent School District Board of Trustees since May 2003. During her time on the board, she has served three terms as president, three terms as vice president and four terms as secretary. Dyna attended school in the Elkhart Independent School District and went on to receive her LVN license from Trinity Valley Community College in 1975, an associate degree in Nursing from El Centro College of Dallas in 1980, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1990 and a Master of Science in Allied Health in 1999 both from The University of Texas at Tyler. She also received a Post Graduate Nursing Education Certificate in 2007.  She is a Certified Critical Care nurse. She retired from The University of Texas at Tyler as a Nursing Instructor in 2018. Dyna is currently employed by Prometric as a part-time State of Texas Certified Nurse Aide Evaluator.


Dyna serves as a Public-School Ambassador at PISD.


Dyna is involved in the community as president of the Palestine Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club, Inc., member of NAACP and Congo Truck Club. She is a life-long member of Beulah Baptist Church of Elkhart, where she serves as the Vice President of the Usher Board and Vice President of finance. 


Dyna has two daughters, both are graduates of PISD. Charlotte is a Real Estate Agent/Broker in Austin and Felecia is a Child Care Regulation Policy Specialist for the State of Texas. She has three granddaughters. Lauren is a Real Estate Agent in Houston, Labrina is a Junior at Texas State University, and Aniyah is a second grader at a STEM based Charter School in Austin.

Dyna Tutt
Dr. Michael Garcia, Place 2

Dr. Michael Garcia was elected to the PISD Board in May 2021. Dr. Garcia was raised in Houston. He received his Bachelor of Science from The University of Texas at Austin in 1994 and his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Texas at Galveston in 1999. He completed his Pediatric residency at the University of Texas at Houston in 2002 and began practicing as a Board Certified Pediatrician at Pediatric Associates in Palestine.


In addition to practicing medicine, Dr. Garcia has coached youth soccer for more than 18 years and is the director for the East Texas Chapter of FC Dallas. Dr. Garcia is an advocate for children with developmental disabilities and in 2019 joined the Inclusion Education Task Force for National Down Syndrome Society, as well as, became a Board Member for Arc of Texas.   Dr. Garcia and his wife have 4 children, a daughter-n-law and one grandchild.

Brandon Sheeley
Kurt Herrington, Place 4

Kurt Herrington was elected to the PISD 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 16 years have three boys who attend and will soon attend PISD schools.

Janie Sepulveda
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.