Three area school districts have received the highest ranking from the Texas Education Agency's Financial Integrity Ratings System of Texas, according to preliminary scores.
The Tuloso-Midway Independent School District received a "Superior" FIRST rating from the TEA, with a preliminary score of 80 out of 85 possible points being awarded. Carol Sue Hipp, assistant superintendent for business and operations, said the district was docked points for not having 65 percent of the district's overall budget devoted to instructional expenses.
The district was at 64 percent, she said.
Also, debt-related expenditures were above $250 per student, but that citation was expected, Hipp said, due to the district's 2006 bond issuance.
The Banquete Independent School District received a preliminary "Above Standard" rating, with an overall score of 72, while the Calallen and Robstown independent school districts received "Superior" ratings.
The CISD received a perfect score of 85, finance director Edith George said.