The Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) issued Brenham ISD the perfect score, along with a rating of an A. The school also received a perfect score last year. This system is designed to encourage Texas public schools to better manage their financial resources to provide the maximum distribution possible for instructional purposes.
Finance Director Kim Weatherby said the school takes financial integrity and responsibility very seriously, and that it is a “top priority” of the Brenham board of trustees and district administrators to be responsible with local, state and federal funds.
FIRST ratings are based on fifteen financial indicators. These include administrative cost expenditures, the accuracy of a district’s financial information, and any financial vulnerabilities as determined by an external auditor. Brenham ISD received a perfect score on all fifteen indicators.
Brenham ISD Superintendent Dr. Walter Jackson said that he was thrilled to earn the high marks again, and maintained he wants to send a positive message to taxpayers. He says the school “will continue to operate with the highest of financial standards, ethics, and integrity.”