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TRANSMITTAL LETTER

July 21, 2003

The Honorable Rick Perry, Governor
The Honorable David Dewhurst, Lieutenant Governor
The Honorable Thomas R. Craddick, Speaker of the House
Chief Deputy Commissioner Robert Scott

Fellow Texans:

I am pleased to present my performance review of the Venus Independent School District (VISD).

This review is intended to help VISD hold the line on costs, streamline operations, and improve services to ensure that more of every education dollar goes directly into the classroom with the teachers and children, where it belongs. To aid in this task, I contracted with Texas Public School Consulting, Inc.

I have made a number of recommendations to improve VISD’s efficiency. I have also highlighted a number of “best practices” in district operations—model programs and services provided by the district’s administrators, teachers, and staff. This report outlines 56 detailed recommendations that could save VISD more than $3.4 million over the next 5 years, while reinvesting more than $2 million to improve educational services and other operations. Net savings are estimated to more than $1.3 million that the district can redirect to the classroom.

I am grateful for the cooperation of VISD’s board, staff, parents, and community members. I commend them for their dedication to improving the educational opportunities for our most precious resource in VISD—our children.

I am also pleased to announce that the report is available on my Window on State Government Web site at www.window.state.tx.us/tspr/venus/.

Sincerely,

Carole Keeton Strayhorn Signature
Carole Keeton Strayhorn
Texas Comptroller

c: Senate Committee on Education
    House Committee on Public Education
    The Honorable Kip Averitt, State Senator, District 22
    The Honorable Arlene Wohlgemuth, State Representative, District 58