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CCISD 2012-2013 Press Release

Clear Creek ISD Earns National Recognition for Budget

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States (GFOA) and the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) have honored the Clear Creek Independent School District for superior budgeting practices. The GFOA awarded CCISD with the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its budget beginning September 1, 2014. ASBO International selected CCISD to receive the prestigious Meritorious Budget Award for the 2014-2015 budget.

The GFOA award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting and represents a significant achievement. “This award reflects the commitment of CCISD’s Board of Trustees, the District’s Business and Support Services Department,” said GFOA Director Stephen J. Gauthier. “It signifies the resolve of this organization to meet the highest principles of governmental budgeting. CCISD’s pioneering efforts to improve the quality of budgeting provides an excellent example for other governmental bodies in the United States.”

In order to receive the budget award, CCISD had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well a budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide and a communication device. Budget documents must be rated “proficient” in all four categories, and the 14 mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award.

CCISD Deputy Superintendent Paul McLarty is pleased CCISD received this prestigious designation, “This honor for the tenth year in a row speaks to the diligence of Business Services Director Alice Benzaia in preparing this budget document. We appreciate her work and attention to detail.”

According to John D. Musso, ASBO International Executive Director, “The ASBO International Meritorious Award reflects CCISD’s commitment to sound fiscal management practices and represents a significant achievement for the Business and Support Services Department, staff, and the school district.” CCISD has received this award given for excellence in school budget presentation and setting a high standard for transparent budget development for eight years, receiving the first Meritorious Award in 2007.

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