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Hutto ISD Announces Superintendent Finalist

The Hutto ISD Board of Trustees has named Dr. Celina Estrada Thomas the lone finalist for the
district’s superintendent position. Trustees voted unanimously September 29 to name Estrada
Thomas superintendent.

Dr. Thomas has been serving as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction with
Fredericksburg ISD since 2015. During Dr. Thomas’ tenure, Fredericksburg ISD increased
student achievement as evidenced by the improvement on the State of Texas Assessments of
Academic Readiness (STAAR), significant increases in CTE course completion rates and
improvements on college readiness indicators (dual college course and CTE coherent course
sequence completion rates). Dr. Estrada Thomas has consistently increased state assessment
scores for all student populations on all campuses. She is most proud of leading a district-wide
committee that was responsible for introducing the first Dual Language Program to
Fredericksburg ISD.

The state requires a 21-day waiting period after which trustees are expected to offer Estrada
Thomas a contract for employment.

“I am honored and thrilled beyond measure of the opportunity to lead the Hutto Independent
School District and proud of joining the Hippo Nation. ¡Estoy profundamente emocionada! My
husband and I look forward to embracing the entire Hutto community and making it home,”
said Estrada Thomas in a statement issued after being named the lone finalist.

Estrada Thomas previously served as the Director of Human Resources of Bastrop ISD. Dr.
Thomas’ professional experience includes campus administration roles in Bastrop ISD, Austin
ISD, Round Rock ISD and Brownsville ISD as well as teaching experience at the elementary and
high school level.

Board President Connie Gooding said the district quickly narrowed the field of candidates to six
potential superintendents. “Dr. Estrada Thomas rose to the top of the candidate pool due to
the depth of her experience and knowledge with curriculum and instruction and her deep belief
that every student deserves an education that is geared specifically to them and their needs,”
said Gooding.

The board spent nearly six hours interviewing candidates on Saturday, September 23.

Gooding added, “On behalf of the HISD Board of Trustees, I want to say that we applaud all of the candidates who were interested in our district. They gave us much to think about as well as much to take pride in. We recognize that this is a major decision, and we placed great significance on a choice that would continue taking us from where we are to where we want to be.” The position came open when the former superintendent, Dr. Doug Killian, submitted his resignation after accepting the superintendent position with Pflugerville ISD.

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