For the 19th straight year, Needville ISD has earned the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas’ (FIRST) highest ranking of Superior Achievement.

Chief Financial Officer Ben Pape shared the news with trustees at the Oct. 20 school board meeting and said FIRST has only been in existence 19 years, so NISD has never failed to have its highest rating possible.

Financial reports reviewed for the district’s most recent scores are from the 2019-2020 school year, with Needville ISD scoring 98 of a possible 100 points.

“It shows a direct reflection to the board of trustees, to the superintendent and to the administration,” said Pape. “We are doing the best job we can.”

In other matters, trustees approved a compliance report presented by Director of Technology Corey Kelly in a public hearing as required by Texas Education Agency’s E-rate system.

The system was created by the Federal Communications Commission to provide schools and libraries affordable access to advanced telecommunications services.

In order to qualify, school districts must have quality filtering systems and technology procedures as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act to ensure student safety and security.

Kelly assured trustees, “We are doing what we can to protect the students.”

The board approved an update to a local policy, allowing spouses to work at the same campus, and an interlocal agreement with 1Government Procurement Alliance, which Pape said will provide NISD with additional flexibilities when procuring goods and services.

He said the district has numerous such agreements in place, and adding another will only be a positive for NISD. He also said membership to such alliances is offered at no charge to public schools.

President Chris Janicek was appointed by the board to continue as its delegate to the Houston-Galveston Area Council and secretary Scott Valcher as alternate.

The board’s next meeting has been reset for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, rather than the following Wednesday, due to a scheduling conflict.

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