Francis Howell Receives Meritorious Budget Award for 12th Consecutive Year

Posted on 10/16/2017
Francis Howell Receives Meritorious Budget Award for 12th Consecutive Year


For the 12th consecutive year, the Francis Howell School District has won the Meritorious Budget Award from the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International. The award is conferred only to school districts whose budgets are found to meet or exceed the program’s stringent criteria after a rigorous review by independent evaluators.

Developed by ASBO to meet the specific needs of school districts, the MBA criteria guide school business officials toward a quality school budget presentation by enhancing the school business officials’ skills in developing, analyzing, and presenting a school system budget.

“The annual budget is our roadmap, showing how the District plans to meet its strategic objectives,” said Kevin Supple, the District’s Chief Operating Officer. “Through the careful allocation of scarce resources, the District supports the programs and services we believe are critical to helping our students achieve success. The Finance Department strives for continuous improvement in its processes and the ASBO MBA program provides external validation of our efforts to meet the highest standards 
in financial accountability and reporting.”

The 2017-18 budget was prepared by Cindy Reilmann, Director of Finance and the finance department staff and contains not only the official budget, but also relevant background and summary materials. The budget is presented via narratives, charts, and graphs to aid the reader in understanding the District’s plans for allocating its resources. All material is designed to ensure that both the Board of Education and the public have complete information as they discuss and make crucial decisions on programming and staffing for the coming year. Hundreds of hours go into the production of the final document.

The ASBO reviewers commended the District for producing a document that provides sufficient information for the layperson as well as the detail-oriented expert to understand the budgeting process used by the District. They noted that the budget is an excellent document which includes a wealth of information in graphic and narrative form. The District is to be congratulated for their budget submission to the Meritorious Budget Award.

The District’s budget can be found by visiting the Finance Department’s web page at: www.fhsdschools.org/departments/finance/budget/



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