Oct. 22, 2014
HPISD earns state's highest fiscal accountability rating

Highland Park Independent School District recently received a rating of "Superior" under Schools FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas), a financial accountability rating system in Texas. The Superior rating is the state's highest, demonstrating the quality of the Highland Park ISD's financial management and reporting system. 

The district's Schools FIRST rating is based upon an analysis of staff and student data reported for the 2012-13 school year, and budgetary and actual financial data for the fiscal year ending Aug. 31, 2013.
Schools FIRST is a financial accountability system for Texas school districts developed by the Texas Education Agency in response to Senate Bill 218 of the 77th Texas Legislature in 2001. The primary goal of Schools FIRST is to achieve quality performance in the management of school districts' financial resources, a goal made more significant due to the complexity of accounting associated with Texas' school finance system. The accountability system was established in 2003.

"We are very pleased with our Schools FIRST rating," Superintendent Dr. Dawson Orr said. "Our entire Business Services Department, led by Assistant Superintendent for Business Services Tim Turner and Director of Business Services Marlene Harbeson, work diligently with our trustees and our community members who serve on our finance committee to ensure the district's fiscal integrity." 

Tim Turner presented on the district's Schools FIRST rating at the Oct. 14 HPISD Board of Trustees meeting.

Click here to view the district's Schools FIRST report.
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