Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

Orange Grove Independent School District received a Superior rating from the Texas Education Agency on its Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) Report.

FIRST is a financial accountability report developed by TEA to ensure that school districts across the state are using taxpayer funds appropriately.

There are four different ratings under the FIRST report, including Substandard Achievement, Standard Achievement, Above Standard Achievement and Superior Achievement.

For a Superior rating, a school district must have a yes on at least 19 of 21 indicators. During last Monday night's meeting, OGISD trustees also listened to a presentation from Paul Rycroft concerning the Boys and Girls Club of Alice. The club is planning a natatorium project in Alice, and would like to offer its services to the surrounding communities. Along with swimming education and possible therapeutic purposes, the facility could also be utilized as a practice facility for local swim teams. The presentation was just a basic overview of the project.

During the action items portion of the meeting, officials approved a resolution to continue taxing property that is subject to the new Freeport Exemption.

OGISD Director of Operations Dane Beasely said the tax won't bring in money at the moment, but could bring in money for the district in the future.

At the end of the action items, the board once again approved a resolution to nominate Wallace Burgeson as a member of the Jim Wells County Appraisal District Board of Directors.