By Karen Daniels
Congratulations are in order for Stafford Municipal School District. For the fourth consecutive year, the business office has received the Gold Leadership Circle Award from the Texas State Comptroller’s office.
SMSD was recognized for “setting the bar for the financial transparency and opening books to the public.” Gold is the highest award achievable given to those who enter and qualify. Carla Merka, CFO for SMSD, had this to say, “The Stafford Municipal School District employees work very hard to ensure high standards are maintained in all areas and the business office is no exception. I am very proud of my staff and their commitment to preparing an exceptional budget document and providing the Stafford community with financial transparency.”
In addition to this great news, Stafford Municipal School District, as well as each of the five campuses, received the highest ranking possible for the Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) new accountability system for 2013.
There are four categories on the “Performance Index Summary” that are given a score. The District scored well above the target score in each category:
1) Student Achievement – 74 (Target 50)
2) Student Progress – 34 (Target 21)
3) Closing Performance Gaps – 71 (Target 55)
4) Postsecondary Readiness – 90 (Target 75)
Superintendant Dr. Lance Hindt said there “is no reason we should be average. We should be above average in comparison to the State of Texas.”