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Forsyth Schools awarded 5-star financial efficiency rating

Forsyth County Schools has announced its third straight year earning the highest financial efficiency rating from the Georgia Department of Education.

For the last three years Forsyth County has earned the 5-out-of-5 Star rating for its academic achievements versus its spending per-pupil.

“It is hard to find the words to describe how proud I am of our schools, district office and board of education. To be the only school district in the state to earn a 5-star rating for the past three consecutive years is simply outstanding,” said Jeff Bearden, Forsyth County Schools Superintendent.

“Even with challenges, we continue to be financially efficient and annually improve. We are grateful for the support of our families, taxpayers and business community,” added Bearden.

According to Forsyth County Schools Chief Financial Officer Rick Gunn, it is the third year in a row that the district has been one of the only districts in the state to receive the 5-star rating.

“We have always been the lowest in the metro area for expenditures per student. And we have always been the highest test scores,” said Gunn.

According to the Georgia Department of Education, “the Financial Efficiency Star Rating provides a measure of a district’s per-pupil spending in relation to the academic achievements of its students. Specifically, the rating is based on a three-year average of per-pupil spending, which is then associated with the districts [College and Career Readiness Performance Index] score.”

At the end of 2017 the district announced College and Career Readiness Performance Index scores higher than any other county school system in the state.

Gunn said that as the school district continues to grow, its financial efficiency should grow with it.

“A small school system, they have a superintendent and the cost per student is spread across 6,000 students. Whereas for us you’ve got one superintendent and the cost is spread across 48,000 kids … That’s where the efficiencies are,” he said.