By Chris McGuinness
The Killeen Daily Herald

Killeen Independent School District officials reported Tuesday that the district received a top rating for financial integrity from the Texas Education Agency.

The school system earned a “superior achievement” rating for 2009-10, which is the highest designation possible, said Megan Bradley, the district’s chief financial officer, during a school board workshop.

“(The rating) really affirms the good quality of the work our business services office is doing,” said KISD Superintendent Robert Muller.

Texas has 1,029 school districts, and KISD was one of the 784 to receive the highest financial rating.

Bradley said the district met 20 of the state agency’s 22 indicators in the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas, which gauges things such as a district’s fund balances, financial controls and student-to-teacher ratios.

At a public meeting at 6 p.m. on Oct. 11, Bradley will present the state agency’s complete findings and provide copies of the financial report.

Last year, the Killeen school district also received a “superior achievement” rating.

At the workshop, school board members also discussed, among other items, an application to send the Harker Heights High School Choir on a trip to Germany in 2013.