Four area school districts have received the highest ranking from the Texas Education Agency's Financial Integrity Ratings System of Texas.
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 an "Above Standard" rating, with an overall score of 72, while the Calallen, Agua Dulce and Robstown independent school districts received "Superior" ratings.
The CISD received a perfect score of 85, while Agua Dulce ISD received a score of 82.
Robstown received a score of 78, just three points above the minimum required for a "Superior" rating.
The RISD only received one out of three possible points on an indicator that measured if the district's operating expenditures for instruction are more than 65 percent. The district, according to the report, only spends about 57 percent on instruction. However, that number is up slightly from the previous year's FIRST report, which was at 56 percent.
The district was also docked points for having an unbalanced ratio of students to employees, receiving only two out of five possible points. According to the report, the district has 630 full-time employees for just over 3,500 students.