Award recipients achieve strong academic performance while spending relatively less compared with their fiscal peers.
Ned E. Williams is among 347 campuses statewide to receive the honor as a result of their outstanding performance in the 2014 Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST).
“We strive to be excellent in everything we do,” Principal Dr. Cynthia Wise said. “There is no price tag for (the value of) a good education, but we can certainly achieve our academic goals while keeping an eye on our bottom line.”
FAST, mandated by the 81st Texas Legislature is an annual study that examines both academic performance and financial efficiency. Elementary campuses that receive the award have achieved a five-star FAST rating, while middle and high-school campuses tapped for the honor achieved at least a 4.5-Star FAST rating. (Middle and high schools have a slightly lower threshold because they are less likely than elementary schools to achieve high academic progress scores.)
Ned E. Williams Elementary School was among the first new campuses completed under the district’s $266.9 million bond construction project. Opened in 2010, it is the first Longview ISD campus south of Interstate 20 and serves students in the Elderville-Lakeport, Easton and Lake Cherokee areas. It has been rated as “Recognized” since it opened and this past year earned five STAAR distinctions.