Killeen ISD Earns Superior Rating From TEA

Killeen ISD earns perfect score from Texas Education Agency's FIRST.
Since 2011, Killeen ISD has earned a SUPERIOR rating from the Texas Education Agency for the school district’s careful and efficient use of the taxpayers’ money.  The report was presented by Chief Financial Officer Megan Bradley at the Tuesday, October 22nd meeting of the Killeen ISD Board of Trustees.  

The report showed KISD earned a “Superior” rating from the School Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST). The state system “ensures that Texas public schools are held accountable for the quality of their financial management practices and that they improve those practices. The system is designed to encourage Texas public schools to better manage their financial resources to provide the maximum allocation possible for direct instructional purposes,” according to the Texas Education Agency. 

More about FIRST
The Texas Legislature created FIRST in 2001 to improve the management of school districts’ financial resources. The system requires school districts to submit financial data, which is then used to rate the district according to defined indicators. School districts are also required to advertise and to hold a public hearing to report their financial accountability rating to parents and taxpayers.

The report examines school district financial audits, bank records, expenditures and debts. State officials also look at how much money the district is spending on administrative costs compared to what is spent in the classroom, and whether schools and offices are overstaffed for their size.

Watch the presentation of the report here.