Silsbee ISD Receives Superior 'A' Rating on TEA's Financial Accountability Report
November 6, 2023 - In a recent announcement by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), Silsbee Independent School District (Silsbee ISD) has been awarded a Superior 'A' rating in the final financial accountability report. This recognition is a testament to the district's commitment to ensuring optimal financial resources for direct instructional purposes.
According to the TEA, the state's school financial accountability rating system, known as the School Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST), ensures that Texas public schools are held accountable for the quality of their financial management practices and encourages continuous improvement in these areas. The system is designed to motivate Texas public schools to better manage their financial resources to provide the maximum allocation possible for direct instructional purposes.
Silsbee ISD's Director of Business and Finance, Tricia Brooks, and her dedicated team have emerged as exemplary stewards of the district's finances. Their commitment to fiscal responsibility has contributed significantly to the 'A' rating awarded by TEA.
Dr. Gregg Weiss, the superintendent of Silsbee ISD since the spring semester of the 2018-2019 school year, noted that this 'A' rating signifies a significant achievement for the district.
Here is a snapshot of Silsbee ISD's financial accountability ratings over the past six years:
- 2022: Superior 'A' rating, achieving a perfect 100 points [final rating].
- 2021: Superior 'A' rating, achieving a perfect 100 points [final rating].
- 2020: Superior 'A' rating, achieving a perfect 100 points [final rating].
- 2019: Superior 'A' rating, scoring an impressive 98 points [final rating].
- 2018: Meets Standard with a 'C' rating, scoring 70 points [final rating].
- 2017: Meets Standard with a 'C' rating, scoring 78 points [final rating].
Silsbee ISD's consistent improvement in its financial accountability ratings reflects the dedication of its administration and staff to responsible financial management, ultimately benefitting the students and the educational experience.
Silsbee ISD and its community are celebrating this accomplishment, highlighting their commitment to educational excellence and fiscal responsibility.