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District recognized with award for excellence in budget presentation

       Pearland Independent School District was recently recognized by the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) for excellence in budget presentation with the Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) for the 2021-22 budget year. This is the fourth time the district received the prestigious recognition by ASBO, a reflection of its commitment to fiscal integrity.

       Participants submit their applications and budget documents to a panel of school financial professionals who review the materials for compliance with the MBA criteria checklist along with other requirements and provide expert feedback that districts can use to improve their budget documents. Districts that successfully demonstrate they have met the necessary program requirements earn the MBA.

       “Receiving this award validates the time and effort spent by many stakeholders throughout the budget process to provide information that is complete and easy to understand for our constituents and decision makers, Jorgannie Carter, Pearland ISD’s Chief Financial Officer, said. “It affords us the opportunity to provide a detailed picture of the district’s budget to our community, the factors and process used to build the budget, as well as present comparable data from prior years. It also tells our citizens that we are following best practices in presenting clear and transparent financial information.”

       Being able to convey financial information that is thorough and easy to comprehend is a priority for Pearland ISD.

       “School finances are everybody's business. Developing this budget document helps us to detail how student enrollment, demographics, property values, and state funding formulas affect the District’s revenues that support our students’ needs. By providing tools for our stakeholders to better understand what’s behind the numbers, we aim to increase the trust and support of budgetary decisions,” Carter said.

       About ASBO International

       Founded in 1910, the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) is a nonprofit organization that, through its members and affiliates, represents approximately 30,000 school business professionals worldwide. ASBO International is committed to providing programs, services, and a global network that promote the highest standards in school business. Its members support student achievement through effective resource management in various areas ranging from finance and operations to food services and transportation. Learn more at www.asbointl.org.

(11/10/2021)