ISD gets favorable FIRST results

By Jimmy Alford | Published Wednesday, October 17, 2012

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Paradise ISD Superintendent Monty Chapman presented the district’s Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) results to the Board of Trustees Monday night at its regular board meeting.

The district earned superior marks in all categories except one that centered on how much debt service the district had per child. On that measure, PISD scored two out of a possible five. The standard is about $350 of debt service per student, and PISD had more than twice that.

Chapman said that was not unusual or much different from many schools that are paying down bonded indebtedness.

In other business:

  • Patti Seckman presented a short update and description of the District improvement plan.
  • The board unanimously approved a change to some wording in the Texas Association of School Board’s corporal punishment policy, which is still under review. The board will do a final reading on the TASB policy at the next meeting.
  • The board unanimously approved moving some funds within the budget to accommodate the district’s newest laptop purchases. While the money switched categories, it does not result in a change to the bottom line. The high school plans to distribute the new laptops to students in three waves, beginning Wednesday, Oct. 17.

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