GRISD earns state’s highest fiscal accountability rating

Jay Hinton
Glen Rose Reporter
Superintendent Wayne Rotan

GLEN ROSE — For the third time in a row and 16th time in the 17-year history of the Texas’ School FIRST financial accountability rating system, Glen Rose ISD received an “A” rating for “Superior Achievement," which is the state’s highest ranking, marking the quality of GRISD’s financial management and reporting system.

“We are very pleased with Glen Rose ISD’s Schools FIRST rating,” Glen Rose ISD Superintendent G. Wayne Rotan said in a news release. “This rating shows that our district is making the most of our taxpayers’ dollars.”

The rating is based on the financial data for the fiscal year 2019.

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.”

“This rating shows that Glen Rose ISD’s schools are accountable not only for student learning, but also for achieving these results cost-effectively and efficiently,” Rotan said.

The primary goal of School FIRST is to achieve quality performance in the management of a school district’s financial resources, a goal made more significant due to the complexity of accounting associated with Texas’ school finance system, GRISD states in the release.

A public hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Dec. 17 at the GRISD Technology Building located at 707 SW Big Bend Trail, where the district will discuss the rating.

In other district news, Tigerbotics, the Glen Rose robotics team, competed in the Cowtown BEST Robotics competition on Nov. 21, and won one of two small-school spots for at the UIL State Championship - BEST Robotics Division.

The state competition will be held Dec. 12.