TISD announces three key staff changes

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TEXARKANA — The Texarkana Independent School District (TISD) announced three key staff changes for the 2021-22 school year.

The changes are the result of a regular meeting of the TISD board of trustees on June 29.

The first is the hiring of Sherri Penix as chief innovation officer. Penix comes from Fort Smith Public Schools where she is the assistant superintendent of human resources and campus support. Penix will take over her new role in Texarkana starting Aug. 2.

Sherri Penix — Courtesy: Texarkana Independent School District

Patti O’Bannon, who was the principal of Nash Elementary School, will take over as the principal of Texas High School. The move is another milestone for the educator, who has spent 28 years in the field, with stops in Hooks, Redwater, and Liberty-Eylau.

Patti O’Bannon — Courtesy: Texarkana Independent School District

Liliana Luna moves to take O’Bannon’s previous role as the principal at Nash Elementary School. Luna was recently named the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA) Region VIII Assistant Principal of the Year and is currently enrolled in The Bill Ratliff Superintendent Academy through Region 8 Education Service Center.

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Liliana Luna — Courtesy: Texarkana Independent School District

TISD superintendent Dr. Doug Brubaker is excited about the new hires.

“Each of them is a gifted and experienced leader with a passion for helping students, staff members, and organizations to reach their full potential,” Brubaker said. “They each have strong interpersonal skills, positive outlooks, and successful track records facilitating change that make them great matches for their new roles.”