Yorktown ISD receives FIRST score

By Anna Noel

Yorktown News-View

TThe regular meeting of the Yorktown ISD board took place on Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Two public hearings were held, the first about YISD’s FIRST rating, the second regarding the school’s considered use of PM Pediatrics, a telehealth service. Erin Merks, YISD’s business manager, explained what FIRST is before public comments were opened.

“The Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas is the FIRST rating, it is a financial accountability system for Texas school districts. The primary goal of school FIRST is exactly what it states, to achieve quality performance and transparency in the management of school district financial resources.

“How did Yorktown do? For the 2020-2021 rating based on the 1920 data, Yorktown passed with an A superior achievement with a score of 95.”

There were no public comments on either topic, so public comments for the regular meeting opened. Gene Henry was the first speaker.

“I’ve been coming up here for several months, talking about various problems I see, and I know y’all see them too, all you have to do is turn on the TV. There’s a lot of things happening that are not good across the country, and some of it has to do with schools, as you are very well aware. I will say that I think our school district is way above the average in this country, and the things that I’m saying is not to jump on y’all so much as to bring awareness, people here need to be aware of it as well. I think a lot of people don’t really understand what’s going on in our country, and the schools are at the mercy of the government, just like the people are at the mercy of the government.

“One of public education’s basic purposes, as you know, is to preserve and maintain democratic society by educating citizens in the workings of their government. Without this understanding, voting citizens can not make logical decisions about how to self-govern effectively and keep their liberty from eroding. The teaching of socialist ideology is counter to America’s constitutional republic and counter to the natural rights of American citizens. Capitalism, in spite of its imperfections, is the only serious economic system that works, and that’s what should be taught in the classrooms, instead of the fantasy-type utopia of socialism.”

Bethany Noel was the next and final speaker.

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