Check timing drops RISD financial score

A delay in getting a check from the largest taxpayer in the school district kept the Rockdale ISD from getting a “superior” score in the annual Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST).

Marla Wallace, chief financial officer (CFO) of the Rockdale ISD, told school trustees Monday that Luminant’s summer split-payment check arrived slightly too late to count for a FIRST deadline.

Wallace said the “tax collection percentage” category has a deadline of June 30.

“ The check arrived in July instead of June,” she said. “That caused us to miss the superior designation by one point.”

“Had it arrived in June, it would have counted before the deadline and we would have easily earned another superior rating,” she said.

The RISD was classi f ied instead as “above standard” in the FIRST ratings.

PRAISE—Monthly “pause for praise” awards were announced as follows:

Elementary—Lynn Whiteley, kindergarten; Michael Burnett, first grade; Carrie Scitern, library paraeducator.

Intermediate— Cindy Willis, special education; Dyan Shelander, secretary; Elaine Holliman, volunteer.

Junior-high—Kris Campbell, English; Gloria Zapata, secretary.

High school—Jennifer Betak, science; Rosie Carrasco, custodian.

District—Julie Cortez, cafeteria manager; Jennifer Schaertl, food service director.

In other business Monday, trustees:

• Accepted the resignation of junior-high English teacher Cameron Smith and hired Ryan Warner as a junior-high English teacher.

• Accepted a 2013 district tax roll of $11,461,122.

• Approved a $10,000 technology expenditure in lieu of increasing the district’s technology vendor threshold to $50,000.

• Heard a report on campus and district improvement plans from administrators.

• Named board member Michell Lehmkuhl to the district’s educational council.

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