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Willis ISD Earns Perfect Score on Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas

A public meeting concerning the FIRST rating was held prior to the regular board meeting October 12. Tammy Moore, assistant superintendent of business and finance, presented the report, which is for data from 2016-17. Willis ISD has received a rating of Superior for ten consecutive years. However, this year Willis ISD was also awarded a perfect score.

The Texas school financial accountability rating system, known as the School Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST), ensures that 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. FIRST was established by TEA effective with the 2001-2002 school year data.

“The Board of Trustees and myself are beyond proud of the excellent work of the business and finance department, under the direction of Tammy Moore,” said Tim Harkrider, Superintendent. “To not only receive the highest rating, but to earn it with a perfect score is a true testament to the dedication and perseverance of that department.”