Athens Review, Athens, Texas

October 16, 2013

AISD trustees to hold public hearing on FIRST

From Staff Reports
The Athens Review

Athens — Athens Independent School District trustees will meet Thursday, Oct. 17, beginning at 6 p.m. in the  District Support Center Board Room, 104 Hawn St. in Athens.

Among several items, there will be a public hearing to discuss the AISD FIRST financial status.

Information received from Assistant Superintendent Dr. Janie Sims, indicates the State of Texas implemented the FIRST, or Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas, in 2002.  The purpose of this rating system, according to the Texas Education Agency, is to “ensure that school districts...will be held accountable for the quality of their financial management practices.” 

According to Randy Jones, Chief Financial Officer for AISD, Athens has received the highest rating possible in each of the years since the implementation of the reporting system in 2002. 

Once again, Athens has received a Superior Achievement acknowledgement for its fiscally-conservative management of the District’s finances, as well as other ratios and indicators directly related to optimizing instructional resources and opportunities for students and teachers.

There will also be a presentation of a Goodwill donation from Tax Free Weekend.

Additionally, Trustees will recognize October Teachers/Employees of the Month.

Action items include an audit of the district’s financial records.  The Board will  consider the recently concluded audit of the district’s financial records by J. W. Lambright. 

Those action items above $10,000 include a request to purchase a subscription to the TAP System Training Portal and Comprehensive Online Data Entry system that will be used for managing student achievement data, teacher observation data, and to generate reports to support the implementation of the TAP program in the district. 

AISD participates in the Teacher Incentive Fund Grant that requires the use of this online system.  Funding for the system is also provided through grant funds. However, the purchase must be approved by the Board.

Other action items on the agenda include the purchase of a steamer for Athens High School, disbursement for tuition/fees to TVCC for Athens High School students, consideration of revisions to the district’s retention policy, and approval of a school improvement plan for the Bridges Center.

Trustees will move into executive session prior to the end of the meeting.