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Houston Independent School District
News Release
Tuesday, June 21, 2011

HISD’s Chief Technology Officer Receives National Award

HISD’s Arnold Viramontes Awarded 2011 Distinguished Service Award


Chief Technology Officer Arnold Viramontes received the 2011 Distinguished Service Award last Thursday during The Council of the Great City Schools meeting in Seattle for his exemplary work in the field of information technology.


Viramontes was selected for this prestigious award for his contributions to the field of public education technology.  He was one of more than 60 candidates nationwide.


“Mr. Viramontes is an incredibly talented and extremely bright, intuitive person,” said Bob Carlson, director of management services for The Council of the Great City Schools.


As Chief Technology Officer, Viramontes oversees the district’s technology operations and seeks to strengthen and restructure HISD’s technology operations.


“I really enjoy working with Dr. Grier and the entire HISD team, a group of individuals who have a real passion for education with the students’ best interest always at heart,” said Viramontes of his experience working for HISD.


Viramontes joined HISD’s Information Technology Department three months ago.  Prior to HISD, he worked for Dallas ISD as Chief of Staff. During his career, he has received numerous recognitions such as Texas Monthly Biz’s 25 Most Powerful Texans in High Tech and has published various articles.


The Houston Independent School District is the largest school district in Texas and the seventh-largest in the United States with 298 schools and more than 200,000 students. The 301-square-mile district is one of the largest employers in the Houston metropolitan area with nearly 30,000 employees.


For more information, visit the HISD Web site at

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