Bob Browning, who Panola Charter Schools previously named interim superintendent, has taken on the job as a more permanent position.
Browning stepped into the position of superintendent in March after longtime Superintendent and CEO Robert Bruce left the position at the end of February.
“The bottom line is, it became a permanent position because I have a long-time positive relationship with the board of trustees and most of the staff,” Browning said. “I admire their commitment and dedication to youth, and for the fourth and final time I’ve come out of retirement to lend whatever contributions I can make to moving our schools forward.”
Browning doesn’t intend to stay in the position for long though. He’s spent 51 years in the education system, been a principal at every level, been a superintendent at several school districts and has a background in teaching English and history. The first time he retired, it was from Stephen F. Austin where he was working as a professor.
“I came back for the second time as superintendent of Elysian Fields,” Browning said. “I’ve been a superintendent at Hallsville also, so a lot of my career has been in East Texas, and then when I retired from Stephen F. Austin, I moved back to the Marshall area. So a large part of my experience has been in East Texas schools.”
Panola Charter Schools District includes three schools — Panola Charter High School and Panola Early College High School in Carthage and Texas Early College High School in Marshall. Browning said they have around 150 students currently.
“My plans are to keep moving forward in a quality manner, continuing to focus on career achievement or college preparation for our young people.” Browning said. “I look forward to doing the best I can for a short time and passing it onto someone capable and competent.”