A public meeting concerning the FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas) rating was held prior to the regular board meeting on October 19. Garrett Matej, assistant superintendent of business and finance, presented the report, which is for data from 2021-2022. Willis ISD has received a rating of Superior for many years. This year is no exception as the district was again rated Superior with a score of 96 out of 100 possible points.
The School Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST), ensures that public schools are held accountable for the quality of their financial management practices and that they work continuously to improve those practices. The system is designed to encourage Texas public schools to better manage their financial resources to provide the maximum allocation possible for direct instructional purposes. FIRST was established by TEA effective with the 2001-2002 school year data.
“The Board of Trustees and myself are beyond proud of the excellent work of the business and finance department, under the direction of Garrett,” said Tom Crowe, Superintendent. “The strong rating along with our healthy district fund balance (savings) shows that Willis ISD continues to be a responsible steward of taxpayer money.”