CFISD website receives A+ for transparency

September 30, 2011

Sept. 30, 2011— The Cypress-Fairbanks ISD website, www.cfisd.net, was given a grade of A+ by the Sunshine Review, a pro-transparency nonprofit seeking to empower citizens by bringing state and local government information to light.

Using a 10-point transparency checklist to assign a grade based upon the proactive disclosure of financial data, contact information and lobbying activity, Sunshine Review analyzed and graded the transparency of Texas' government websites—including sites for the five largest counties, five largest cities and 10 largest school districts.

According to Superintendent Dr. Mark Henry, “Providing our public with accurate up-to-date information about all aspects of the district and its operations builds trust and support. It doesn't surprise me that there is a correlation between the tremendous support that we receive from the Cy-Fair community and our robust, content-rich website that is accessed 24/7.”

The State of Texas website earned a B- grade, the five largest counties averaged a B and the five largest cities earned a B+ mark. The 10 largest school districts earned a B- average.

Sunshine Review cited the following factors that went into CFISD’s A+ rating:

  • Board of Trustees are listed with phone numbers and email addresses;
  • Meeting agendas and minutes are posted;
  • Budget, revenue and expenditures and check registers are available reports;
  • Administration contact information is provided;
  • Public records services are provided;
  • Audit records are posted online;
  • Purchasing information and bid opportunities are posted;
  • District accountability reports and performance reports are posted;
  • Employment opportunities and the hiring process are highlighted;
  • Background check policies are included in the employment process;
  • Local tax information is posted; and
  • Bid proposals, approved bids and ordinances regarding vendor contracts are posted on the website.

Only one other Texas school district, McKinney ISD, received an A+ score.

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