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LISD Board recognizes business office for excellence and outstanding achievement 

Christina Courson
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DATE: December 12, 2022

LISD Board recognizes business office for excellence 

The Lockhart Independent School District Board of Trustees recognized the LISD Business Office for excellence and outstanding achievement at Monday’s regular meeting. 

For the 17th consecutive year, the Lockhart Independent School District’s finance department received the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting (CAFR). This is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and reporting.

The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story. The GFOA is a major professional association servicing the needs of nearly 20,000 appointed and elected local, state, and provincial-appointed officials and other practitioners. 

Additionally, for the 20th consecutive year, the Lockhart ISD finance department earned a Superior Rating for the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) Rating.

The legislature authorized the Schools  FIRST rating to assess the quality of financial management in Texas public schools, measure and report the extent to which financial resources assure the maximum allocation possible for direct instructional purposes, to ensure a system that fairly and equitably evaluates the quality of financial management decisions, and to increase overall financial accountability within Texas’ public education system. 

Honored this evening were Lizz Cutney, Melissa Kelley, Tina Ramirez, Nicole Dean, Michelle Wylie, Brande Sifuentes, and Crystal Flores. Tanya Homann and Nancy Arana could not attend but were acknowledged for their contributions to these achievements. 

“Our LISD Business Office is laser-focused on excellence every single day in the service of students, staff, and the community,” said Superintendent Mark Estrada. “They commit themselves to meeting the needs of students and staff while also serving as good stewards of taxpayer dollars. We are grateful for their leadership.”