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May 27, 2014

District earns award recognizing online financial transparency

JACKSONVILLE — This year, Jacksonville ISD bested its top achievement in financial transparency by earning a newly created Platinum Leadership Circle Award through the Texas Comptroller Leadership Circle program.

JISD is one of 62 districts in the state recently recognized at the new level for going “above and beyond” efforts to provide financial transparency online, according to a release issued by the district.

“We are honored to receive this recognition from the State Comptroller's Office,” said Lindy Finley, JISD assistant superintendent of business and finance. “It says we are doing a great job of making our financial records open to the public.”

In December 2009, The Comptroller of Public Accounts launched the Texas Comptroller Leadership Circle program to recognize local governments across the state who strived to meet a high standard for financial transparency online, according to the release, with certificates given at the Gold, Silver and Bronze levels. This year, the comptroller's office added a new level, Platinum.

The award focuses on government entities and schools which go the extra mile in “opening their books to the public; providing clear, consistent pictures of spending; and sharing information in a user-friendly format that lets taxpayers easily drill down for more detail,” the release stated.

Since the program's launch, JISD has received a Gold designation each year, based on a 22-point system, said Superintendent Joe Wardell. “We scored a perfect score. Not a whole lot of schools get that.”

“Jacksonville ISD is committed to being a good steward of taxpayer dollars. We invite the public to explore our Financial Transparency website, and to feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns about the district's finance,” Finley added.

Detailed financial information about JISD can be found at http://jacksonville.tx.schoolwebpages.com/fintran.

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