Marlin ISD Earns State’s Highest Fiscal Accountability Rating
Marlin Independent School District officials announced that the district received a rating of “A” for “Superior Achievement” under Texas’ School FIRST financial accountability rating system. The “Superior Achievement” rating is the state’s highest, demonstrating the quality of Marlin ISD’s financial management and reporting system.
This is the 20th year of School FIRST (Financial Accountability Rating System of Texas), a financial accountability system for Texas school districts developed by the Texas Education Agency in response to Senate Bill 875 of the 76th Texas Legislature in 1999 and amendments under House Bill 5, 83rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2013. The primary goal of School 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. “We are very pleased with Marlin ISD’s School FIRST rating,” said Marlin ISD’s Superintendent Dr. Darryl J. Henson. “This rating shows that our district is making the most of our taxpayers’ dollars. This rating shows that Marlin ISD’s schools are accountable not only for student learning, but also for achieving these results cost-effectively and efficiently. We would like to greatly thank Region 12 for their continued support in helping us achieve this rating and Patricia Lewis who was leading the business office during this time.”
The Texas Education Agency assigns one of four financial accountability ratings to Texas school districts, with the highest being “A” for “Superior Achievement,” followed by “B” for “Above Standard Achievement,” “C” for “Standard Achievement” and “F” for “Substandard Achievement.”