The Business Services Departments is responsible for the District’s accounting, budgeting, payroll, employee benefits, purchasing, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and warehouse inventory functions.
The business office is located in the PISD Administration Building at 1007 E. Park Ave., Palestine, TX 75801.

Located at:

PISD Administration Building

1007 E. Park Ave. 

Palestine, TX 75801

Regular Office Hours 

Monday - Friday

8:00am to 4:30pm

Summer Office Hours

Monday - Thursday

7:30am - 4:30pm

Palestine ISD Business Services

May 1, 2020

During this unprecedented time of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Business Office at Palestine ISD will work to provide all necessary resources for the academic needs of our students and to maintain operations of the physical plant. Being stewards of the PISD taxpayers’ funds, we will continue to work with local, state, and federal officials to identify appropriate disaster revenue sources to defray unnecessary burdens on the local taxpayers.

David Atkeisson

Chief Financial Officer

Palestine ISD

Financial Transparency Information
Palestine ISD's financial information is audited on an annual basis by an external accounting firm, currently Smith, Lambright & Associates, P.C. The information in these reports is then sent to the Texas Education Agency where the data is compiled into other reports for accountability measures.



Summary of Fiscal Year 2017-18 Budget

The 2017-18 Budget is for the Fiscal Year beginning September 1, 2017 and ending August 31, 2018 and was used to keep track of specific sources of funding and spending for particular purposes.



  • The General Fund is the District's primary operating fund. It accounts for all financial resources of the general government, except those required to be accounted for in other special purposes funds.
  • The Food Service Fund is used to provide nutritional meals for students, and includes federal funding to provide free hot meals for eligible children.
  • The Debt Service Fund is a restricted fund used to pay principle and interest on long-term general obligation debts for construction, major renovations, and maintenance of facilities.



Expenditures for the Fiscal Year 2017-18 total $40,474,314 or $11,852 per student.



Revenues from all funds for the Fiscal Year 2017-18 total $43,171,074 or $12,642 per student which includes revenues from property taxes.

Revenues from property taxes for the Fiscal Year 2017-18 total $16,374,269 or $4,795 per student.



Full-time equivalent positions for all personnel for the Fiscal Year 2017-18 total 499.



  • Revenue vs Expenditure
  • Property Tax Rate



Property Tax Rate

The property tax rate for Palestine ISD for FY 2019-20 is $1.0683 for Maintenance & Operations and $0.34 for Interest & Sinking for a total rate of $1.4083.
For more information, please visit the Texas Comptroller.

Public Information Requests

Public Information Requests must be submitted in writing to the office of the Superintendent. 

Please call the Palestine ISD Administration Office at 903-731-8000 for more information about submitting these requests.

Bond Election Information

Currently there is not a Bond Election.

Please review the Bond Election Pledge.

Debt Criteria Information

Please review the Debt Criteria Information.



Please contact any of the Business Service's Department Staff at the contact information below.

David Atkeisson

Chief Financial Officer


Elizabeth Wilson

Administrative Assistant to CFO


Loiette Dixon

Accounts Payable


Gemma Funai