By Nicole Jones
Alvin ISD board members discussed the district’s financial integrity rating and added two teachers at its Dec. 10 meeting.
The district received an “Above Standard” rating from the Texas Education Agency, a rating that actually applies to data from the 2017-18 school year, Chief Financial Officer Dr. Daniel Combs explained.
The rating left some room for improvement that has since been addressed from the financial side in the past year, he said.
“Next year, we’ll be going over the rating from last year,” he told the board, explaining that there is a two-year lag in the ratings. “It’s still a positive story of success.”
The Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas, known as the FIRST rating, applies to a public school district’s financial reporting, decisions and data and measures the way it impacts instruction in a direct way.
Alvin ISD’s “Above Standard” rating translates to a B grade. Annual performance ratings for FIRST are: Superior Achievement, Above Standard Achievement, Standard Achievement, and Substandard Achievement. The FIRST rating is one of the critical indicators in the financial risk assessment methodology that identifies districts for financial audit or review.
Members of the board voted unanimously to hire two new teachers.
“Each month we have openings we need to fill with additional staff due to student growth or someone that has left a critical position to fill,” Superintendent Carol Nelson said.
During the meeting, Nelson acknowledged junior high students who participated in a CTE Olympics event and noted a recent College Fair for Alvin ISD students.
“It was great seeing students planning and setting goals for themselves,” Nelson said. “Having the college representatives there makes all the difference.”
Also during the meeting, the board approved a $50,000 donation from an anonymous trust to the Alvin High ROTC program to be used for weights, workout equipment and supplies. The board also approved the first reading of policy updates and held a closed executive session on personnel matters.