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Klein ISD Earns ‘Superior’ Financial Integrity Rating 20 Years in a Row

Klein ISD Earns ‘Superior’ Financial Integrity Rating 20 Years in a Row

For the 20th straight year, Klein ISD earned the top-level Superior Achievement rating from the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST). 

FIRST awards have been awarded for the past 20 years. Klein ISD has always received a Superior Achievement rating, the highest ranking available from FIRST.

“We are so very honored to be awarded a ‘superior’ rating yet again,” said Chief Financial Officer Dan Schaefer. “This is the culmination of the ongoing and diligent work Klein ISD puts into managing the funds we are entrusted with from our taxpayers and the State.”

The primary goal of FIRST is to achieve quality performance in the management of school districts’ financial resources; a goal made more significant due to the complexity of accounting associated with Texas’ school finance system. 

“I am so proud of our finance team and their ongoing commitment to ensuring Klein ISD’s strong fiscal management of taxpayer dollars in our community,” said Superintendent Dr. Jenny McGown. “A ‘superior’ rating is a true honor and testament to how our district thoughtfully utilizes funds to ensure high-quality instruction and excellent learning outcomes for every student in our care.”

The FIRST rating system was adopted during the 1999 Texas Legislative session and was implemented in 2003 for the 2001-2002 fiscal year. The intent was to expand the public education accountability system to the financial services area. Its primary goal is to achieve a quality performance when managing financial resources in Texas school districts.


Klein ISD is AAA in Academics, Arts, and Athletics.

Best Public Schools in Texas
Klein ISD has an established 84-year history of excellence and innovation in education with unique pathways for EVERY student in our care to ensure learners are college, career, military, and life ready. With recognition for STEM, athletics, fine arts, and academics from highly-esteemed organizations, it is clear that Our Shared Vision of every student entering with a promise and exiting with a purpose is a reality for EVERY student who walks through our doors.

About Klein ISD
Klein ISD is a school district in Klein, Texas, located in northwestern Harris County. The district spans approximately 88 square miles and serves more than 53,000 students in 33 elementary schools, 10 intermediate campuses, one high school program of choice, and 5 high schools.

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