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Appendix A - Status of Recommendations and Savings


March 28, 2000

The Honorable George W. Bush
The Honorable Rick Perry
The Honorable James E. "Pete" Laney
Members of the 76th Legislature
Commissioner James E. Nelson

Ladies and Gentlemen:

I am pleased to present this report on the progress of the Hamilton Independent School District (HISD) in implementing my Texas School Performance Review (TSPR) recommendations.

In July 1998, TSPR released the results of a five-month study of the district's operations. This review, originally requested by the former HISD superintendent and Board of Trustees, and echoed by many members of the Hamilton community, offered 46 specific recommendations for saving Hamilton taxpayers more than $577,000 over the next five years, and called for total reinvestments of $382,416 over the same period. The review also noted a number of HISD's exemplary programs and model services provided by district administrators, teachers and staff.

After a year and a half, we returned to check on how well the district's leadership put these proposals into practice, and found the new administration and Board seeking to implement the proposals. Since the report's release, HISD has implemented or is in the process of implementing 37 of these proposals, or 80 percent, saving HISD taxpayers a net of almost $1 million. District officials project those savings to increase to more than $1.5 million, exceeding the original projections for the five years by $1.3 million.

While there is still much work to be done, district officials have pledged to continue to pursue excellence in the district and are to be commended for taking these initial steps to ensure that students, teachers, and taxpayers receive the maximum possible benefit from every dollar spent in Hamilton.

Detailed information can be obtained from TSPR by visiting the Comptroller's Web site at <http://www.window.state.tx.us/tspr/hamilpr>.

Thanks for all that you do for Texas.

Sincerely,

Carole Keeton Rylander's Signature
Carole Keeton Rylander
Comptroller of Public Accounts