Up Close: First impressions of HISD with new Superintendent Richard Carranza 

HISD Board President Manuel Rodriguez Jr. sat down recently with new Superintendent Richard Carranza to hear his reflections after his initial days on the job and to ask him about his goals for HISD. He noted that Carranza hit the ground running, losing no time in getting out to HISD schools and meeting with community members.

After reviewing his background and experience in education, Carranza shared some early impressions of HISD and the City of Houston, noting that HISD is an innovative, well-run district where incredible things are happening. He said he is anxious to help develop a mission and vision for the district. A few key guiding principles are his desire to “educate the whole child,” as well as create equity across HISD regarding facilities and instruction. Carranza is also an advocate for the fine arts, which he believes can help “create a spark in students to keep them engaged” and attending school, as well as inspire them to pursue a certain career.

Carranza views the cost of education not as an expense but as an investment in the future. He looks forward to working with the HISD Board of Education, visiting more schools for insight and feedback, and getting to know the Houston community, including the best barbecue joints.