HCISD earns state’s highest fiscal accountability rating

Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District received a rating of Superior Achievement under Texas’ School FIRST financial accountability rating system.

The Superior Achievement rating is the state’s highest, demonstrating the quality of HCISD’s financial management and reporting system.

This year’s ratings are based on 2019-2020 school year data.

“We are pleased to notify the Board that our financial rating from TEA was an A,” Chief Financial Officer Julio Cavazos said.  “The district received a score of 94.”

FIRST is a financial accountability system for Texas school districts developed by the Texas Education Agency. 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.

HCISD has achieved the highest rating for 19 years.

“We are super proud of our business office for receiving the highest financial ratings for the last 19 years,” Superintendent Dr. Alicia Noyola said. The Superior Achievement rating shows that our district is making the most of our taxpayers’ dollars. Year after year, our business office produces cost-effective and efficient results, upholding our district’s financial integrity.”

Every year, 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.”

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