Houston ISD finance chief Rene Barajas takes new post in San Antonio

Houston ISD is losing one of its top administrators with the departure of Chief Finance Officer Rene Barajas. (Matt Dulin/Community Impact Newspaper)
Houston ISD is losing one of its top administrators with the departure of Chief Finance Officer Rene Barajas. (Matt Dulin/Community Impact Newspaper)

Houston ISD is losing one of its top administrators with the departure of Chief Finance Officer Rene Barajas. (Matt Dulin/Community Impact Newspaper)

Houston ISD's Chief Financial Officer Rene Barajas has accepted a position in San Antonio at Northside ISD, the fourth-largest school district in the state.

Billy “Glenn” Reed, who has 20 years of experience with HISD, will serve as interim chief financial officer effective immediately, according to a statement from interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan.


"I have full confidence that he will continue the standard of excellence that exists in our finance department," Lathan said.

During Barajas' three years with HISD, the district maintained top marks from the Texas Education Agency's Financial Integrity Rating System, and in December the credit rating agency Moody's continued the district's triple-A rating. The district is considering a November 2020 bond, though trustees delayed a vote in January that would have allowed for preliminary work to begin. Meanwhile, a state court is set to decide whether the TEA will be able to move forward with appointing a new superintendent and board of managers.

Prior to serving with HISD, Barajas was the chief financial officer at Garland ISD in San Antonio as well. In his new post at Northside ISD, he will oversee a budget of around $1.12 billion, about half the size of HISD's budget.


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