Harlingen schools score high marks for finances

HARLINGEN — How does excellence become routine? Ask Julio Cavazos, chief financial officer for the Harlingen school district.

The district has, once again, received a superior rating under the Financial Integrity Reporting System of Texas (FIRST).

“It ensures that Texas public schools are held accountable for the quality of their financial management,” Cavazos said. “Every year we get graded on our accountability of our finances. They have different indicators.”

So how does the district keep doing it?

“We have a great business office that knows what it’s doing,” Cavazos said. “We’re responsible to our taxpayers and our students and parents.”

Transparency is the key word.

“It’s all about trying to be transparent in what we do and trying to be accountable in what we’re doing to provide the best possible instruction for our students within our means,” he said.

The district has received the superior rating for more than 15 years.