Gilmer ISD achieves 'Superior' rating
by PHILLIP WILLIAMS
Nov 15, 2012 | 897 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Gilmer Independent School District has received a “superior” rating from the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas, School Supt. Rick Albritton announced at Monday night’s School Board meeting.

In fact, the district fell only three points short of a perfect rating in the system, which examines such factors as whether school districts received a favorable audit, have cash in the bank, and their administrative-cost ratio, Albritton reported.

“Financially, we’re still very stable,” the superintendent said during a brief public hearing on the rating, which the four board members who were present voted to accept.

GISD fell below a perfect rating in the areas of debt-related expenditures and the tax collection rate, Albritton said.

The school’s debt-related expenses totaled $655 per student, which exceeded the $300-600 level required for the highest number of points in that area, he said. The district’s tax collection rate was 97.72 percent, with a 98 percent mininum required for the highest number of points in that field, Albritton said.

School Business Mgr. Beverly Grimes said the district had no control over the collection rate.
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