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Huffman ISD received a rating of “Superior Achievement” under Texas Schools FIRST financial accountability rating system, district officials announced at the Sept. 24 regular school board meeting. The “Superior Achievement” is the state’s highest rating. This is an improvement over last year’s rating of “Above-Standard Achievement” which is the state’s second highest rating. “We are very pleased with Huffman ISD’s Schools FIRST rating, as it shows that our district is making the most of our taxpayers’ dollars. This rating shows that Huffman ISD schools are accountable not only for student learning, but also for achieving these results cost-effectively and efficiently,” said Huffman ISD Superintendent Dr. Benny Soileau. This year marks the 10th year of Schools FIRST (Financial Accountability Rating System of Texas), a financial accountability system for Texas school districts developed by the Texas Education Agency. The primary goal of Schools FIRST is to achieve quality performance in the management of school districts’ financial resources. Schools FIRST assigns one of four accountability ratings to Texas school districts with the highest being “Superior Achievement” followed by “Above Standard Achievement,” “Standard Achievement” and “Substandard Achievement.” In other business, Huffman ISD Chief Financial Officer Tim Brittain reported to the board that the proposed tax rate of $1.445 will generate the local revenues necessary to fund the 2012-13 budget. The board then approved the proposed tax rate. The tax rate for the past two years was $1.47. Photo: Several Huffman ISD employees were presented special certificates of recognition from the school board Sept. 24. From left are Dr. Benny Soileau, Superintendent, Rolando Ortiz, Jeanie Cryer, Betty Newton and Board President Charles Bardwell. Photo by Anthony Turner