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Appendix A - Status of Recommendations and Savings

May 10, 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 Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) in implementing my Texas School Performance Review (TSPR) recommendations.

In April 1998, TSPR released the results of a review of the district's operations. This review, originally requested by the former YISD superintendent and Senator Eliot Shapleigh, offered 141 specific recommendations for saving YISD taxpayers nearly $32.7 million over the next five years, and called for total reinvestments of $9.2 million over the same period. The review also noted a number of YISD's exemplary programs and model services provided by district administrators, teachers, and staff.

After two years, we returned to check on how well the district's leadership has put these proposals into practice. We found a new superintendent and board seeking to implement the proposals. Since the release of the report, YISD has implemented, or is in the process of implementing, 135 of these proposals, or almost 96 percent, saving YISD taxpayers a projected net of more than $14.3 million over a five-year period. While projected savings are below the amount forecasted, 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 the Ysleta Independent School District.

Detailed information can be obtained about our performance review by visiting the Comptroller's Web site at http://www.window.state.tx.us/tspr/ysletapr. Thanks for all that you do for Texas. Sincerely,

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