Mansfield ISD Magazine Winter 2017 - Page 6

MISD School Board Approves 2018-19 Calendar T he Mansfield ISD calendar for the 2018-19 school year has been approved. The MISD Board of Trustees unanimously passed it at the regular school board meeting on Nov. 14. According to the calendar, school will start on Wednesday, Aug. 15. Teachers return on Aug. 6 for staff development and instructional planning. The last day of school for students will be May 23, meaning the school year will still end before Memorial Day. Calendar options were drafted by members of the district’s calendar committee, consisting of parents, staff and community members. After gathering feedback from the community through a survey, a final draft was submitted to the school board for approval. View the 2018-19 calendar online at MISD Earns Superior Grade in State’s Financial Integrity System M ansfield ISD has once again upheld its excellence in financial accountability by earning a Superior rating in the School Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST). It is the 15th consecutive year that MISD has achieved the system’s highest rating, meaning the district has earned a superior grade since the inception of the state’s financial accountability system. School FIRST was developed by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) in response to state legislation. The primary goal of the system is to achieve quality performance in the management of a school district’s financial resources. It is a goal made more significant due to the complexity of accounting associated with Texas’ school finance system. Ratings for 2017 were based on budgetary and financial data reported for the 2015-16 fiscal year. Mansfield ISD passed all 15 indicators measured and received an “A” or Superior rating. Each Texas school district is required to prepare an annual financial accountability report for School FIRST. District Wins State Award for Fiscal Responsibility M ansfield ISD has been recertified for an award that recognizes the district’s good stewardship of taxpayer dollars. The Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) has given MISD’s purchasing department the Award of Merit for Purchasing Operations. The distinction is given to school districts and education service centers statewide that are committed to following professional standards in the acquisition of goods and services. A team of reviewers evaluated the department’s various procedures and practices such as organization, policies and procedures, contract operations, staff training and certification, use of technology and communication. The MISD purchasing department will receive formal recognition on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at TASBO’s 72nd annual conference in Fort Worth. MISD’s business services department also recently received a clean audit from third-party consultants. 4 Mansfield School & Family Mansfield School & Family 5