For the 11th consecutive year, the Lubbock Independent School District has earned the “Superior Achievement” rating from the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST). The FIRST rating system holds schools accountable for the quality of their financial management. The system is designed to encourage Texas public schools to manage their financial resources better in order to provide the maximum allocation possible for direct instructional purposes. The ratings of school districts can be viewed on the Texas Education Agency (TEA) web site.
In addition, the district also received word that it had recently earned the Gold Leadership Circle Award from the Texas Comptroller’s Office. The Leadership Circle Award recognizes local governments or agencies that are striving to meet a high standard for on-line financial transparency and accountability. Since Bronze, Silver and Gold designations are possible, Lubbock ISD received the highest rating possible.
LISD Superintendent Berhl Robertson, Jr., said, “We’re very proud of our Superior Achievement rating. We are equally proud of our Gold Leadership Circle Award from the Texas Comptroller’s Office. Clearly, the financial health of our district is something we take very seriously. We have an obligation to our taxpayers to be good stewards of their money, and awards like these serve as independent confirmation of our efforts.”