This past Monday, I presented the Financial Integrity System of Texas (FIRST) report to our trustees. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) released the Financial Integrity System of Texas (FIRST) ratings for Texas school districts earlier this month. 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. Congratulations to our business department staff for their great work I am extremely proud of Mrs. Kathy Dube, Mrs. Karen Hoelscher and Mrs. Julie Brade for the terrific job they do of handling Lexington ISD finances in an accurate, efficient, and effective manner.
Our elementary students began their week on Monday celebrating US Constitution Day during their Monday morning meeting. It was a joy to watch four hundred and thirty eight elementary students listening attentively as Mrs. Brown, their principal, shared not only the history of the Constitution with them, but little known facts that were of special interest to her audience. For example, she told them that Pennsylvania is misspelled in our Constitution, encouraging her students that we all misspell a word occasionally. I appreciate the teachers and administrators of Lexington Schools who make it a point to remind our students on Constitution Day and every day, of the thirty-nine brave men who changed the course of history by signing the United States Constitution. Recognizing how our founding document established the framework of our government and the rights and freedoms we enjoy, is critical for our young people. I am also grateful for the many veterans and volunteers who help us with this endeavor. Our children are blessed to be a part of a patriotic community who partners with our schools in developing engaged and informed citizens of our great country.