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EPISD wins coveted budget transparency award

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(EL PASO INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT Jan, 5, 2022) — EPISD received the Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) for the 2021–2022 budget year from the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO).

ASBO International’s MBA promotes and recognize best budget presentation practices in school districts. 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 and other requirements and provide expert feedback that districts can use to improve their budget documents. 

“We are thrilled to receive this recognition from the Association of School Business Officials International,” said Martha Aguirre, executive director of the budget and financial management office. “The team’s long hours compiling the information to submit and their commitment to achieve this recognition paid off.  EPISD, which is the only district in the El Paso region to receive this award, will now be showcased among 20 school districts statewide.” 

Districts that successfully demonstrate they have met the necessary program requirements may earn either the MBA or Pathway to the MBA.

“Districts that apply to the MBA or Pathway to the MBA programs recognize the importance of presenting a high-quality, easy-to-understand budget internally and to the community,” ASBO International Executive Director David J. Lewis explains. “By participating in the programs, not only do districts have access to the tools and resources they need to communicate the district’s goals and objectives clearly, they demonstrate their commitment to upholding nationally recognized budget presentation standards.”

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Story by Reneé de Santos