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TISD awarded ‘superior’ financial rating by state
Trinity Standard - November 2008
TRINITY – For the sixth year in a row, the Trinity Independent School District has been awarded a “superior achievement” rating in the annual Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) report.
During a public hearing held Monday by the Trinity School Board, TISD Business Manager Kevin Parrish announced the results of the annual financial survey and noted that the rating was based on information from the 2006-07 school year.
Parrish noted that out of a possible score of 85, TISD received 84 points in the annual review conducted by the Texas Education Association (TEA). A passing score on the review was 55.
The only area where the district lost a point came in tax collections. The state wants district to collect 98 percent of the taxes it levies but during the 2006-07 school year, TISD collected only 95.7 percent.
He noted that there currently are 24 “indicators” examined by TEA to evaluate school district, which is up from 21 used last year.
In other business during the school board meeting, the board authorized Superintendent Dr. Bobby Rice to seek a TEA waiver for the five days of school missed by students after Hurricane Ike.
Once approved by TEA, the waiver would mean that students would not have to make up those missed days.
In other “Ike” related action, the board approved an employee compensation plan proposed by Rice.
Under the plan, all school employees will be paid for the five days missed due to the hurricane. In addition, employees such as custodians who worked during those five days will receive comp time off.
Following a closed session, the board voted to hire Zach Nix as a new Trinity Middle School math teacher.
The board also voted to sell two portable buildings that are now located at Lansberry Elementary School to Inspiration Village for a total of $43,000.
Board President Dorothy Franklin, who also serves on the Inspiration Village board, abstained from the vote.
The board also voted to sell a 1985 Blazer to K.C. Chitwood for his bid of $400 and a 1988 school bus to D. Johnson for his bid of $650.
A second bus, a 1991 model, was not sold because the minimum bid of $1,300 was not received.