Hutto ISD officials hired Raul Pena to lead the district as its next superintendent Aug. 31.

What happened

HISD trustees voted unanimously to select Pena, Fort Worth ISD's chief talent officer, as the next superintendent to lead HISD, following the departure of former Superintendent Celina Estrada Thomas.

How we got here

In May, Estrada Thomas announced her retirement, prompting a superintendent search guided by community involvement. She was first hired in 2017, seeing the district through a period of high growth and the COVID-19 pandemic.

What else?

Pena's first official day at HISD will be Sept. 1, district staff said.