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2011-06-16 / School

From the Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Frances M. McArthur, PhD Lexington ISD

During the 2009 legislative session, the Texas Legislature charged State Comptroller Susan Combs to create a system that would identify districts that combine academic achievement with cost-effective operations in order to see which districts were getting the best results of taxpayers’ investments. The Financial Allocation Study of Texas (FAST) was developed from that charge. The FAST assessment scores school districts on their financial efficacy and student performance by assigning points ranging from one to five stars. Lexington ISD was awarded four stars on the FAST report with the financial efficiency rating being at the highest end of the spectrum when compared to like districts (see the report at www.FASTexas.org or click on FAST Report link on our website). In Lexington ISD we are very cognizant of our responsibility to be good stewards of our taxpayers’ hard-earned money. At the same time, we know that providing a quality education for the young people of Lexington is the community’s highest priority. This summer we are working to make sure that even as we make the drastic budget cuts necessary to the 2011-2012 budget, that we minimize the impact on our students’ academic experience. We are continually looking for ways to work smarter and more efficiently and would never be able to do as much as we do without the help of many supportive adults, often the parents and grandparents of our students, who provide energy, organization and manpower to help raise funds to enhance our students’ experience. I want to thank all of our wonderful Lexington ISD volunteers. I have watched so many work tirelessly all year long, sometimes giving up watching their own son or daughter participate in an activity or sport uninterrupted, to make things better for our kids. Thank you for putting Lexington ISD students’ best interest ahead of your own comfort and making Lexington ISD the district where people want to be even during these financially challenging times.

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