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2011-09-15 / School

From the Superintendent of Schools

Frances M. McArthur, Ph.D.
Lexington ISD

This past week the Texas Education Agency released the Financial Integrity System of Texas (FIRST) ratings for Texas school districts. Lexington ISD received a Superior Achievement Rating, the highest rating awarded. This rating system was authorized by the state legislature in 2001 and was developed by the Texas Education Agency in consultation with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, the Texas Business and Education Council, the Texas Association of School Business Officials, and other organizations.

A school district is rated on twenty-two indicators related to financial integrity, financial strength, cost management, debt management, cash management, and budgetary planning. The ratings are based on student, staff, budgetary, and financial data reported through the Public Education Information Management system. This rating is a testament to the financial leadership of our trustees and to the great work of our business department staff. I am extremely proud of Mrs. Kathy Dube, Mrs. Karen Hoelsher and Mrs. Lisa Sandifer for the wonderful job they do of handling Lexington ISD finances in an accurate, efficient, and effective manner. I am also incredibly proud of our entire staff for making Lexington schools the great schools that they are with ever decreasing resources from the state.

In closing, I want to thank all of the Lexington community for the tremendous outpouring of prayers and offers of help and support when Mark and I were evacuated from our home in Paige the weekend before last.

Thankfully, our house did not burn down and we are hoping to be able to get past the barriers this evening to check on our place. We are so very blessed to be a part of such a loving and caring community.

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