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District budget wins major award for the fourth time

District honored for budget development and communication  

Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools is now a four-time winner of the Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) presented by the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) for excellence in budget presentation. This award is conferred only to school districts that have met or exceeded the Meritorious Budget Award criteria.

“Metro Schools’ first priority is to provide an excellent education to every child in Nashville,” said Chief Financial Officer Chris Henson, “but we are also one of the largest employers in the city. As a publicly funded entity, it is absolutely critical that we are transparent in our business practices, that we are wise in our allocation of funds, and that we offer tools and information to our community that outline how every dollar is spent.”

To earn this award, Metro Schools submitted its 2012-2013 budget book for a rigorous review based on demanding criteria. Developed by ASBO for school districts, the MBA criteria guides 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 award has been sponsored by ING for the past nine years.

The Association of School Business Officials International, founded in 1910, is a professional association of more than 5,000 members that provides programs and services to promote the highest standards of school business management practices, professional growth, and the effective use of educational resources.