For the fourth year in a row, the Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows School District is being recognized for its commitment to sound fiscal management and budgetary policies.
The Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) recognized the Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows School District for excellence in budget presentation with the Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) for the 2021–2022 budget year.
“We are honoured to receive this award once again,” said Board Chair Korleen Carreras. “To receive this recognition for the fourth year in a row shows the quality and consistency of our budget document. I congratulate secretary treasurer Flavia Coughlan, her team, and everyone who worked on the report.”
SD42 was the only district in British Columbia and one of two districts in the country to earn the MBA this year. To be eligible for the award, 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. ASBO then provides expert feedback that districts can use to improve their budget documents.
“We work hard to provide the community with comprehensive and easy-to-understand budget documents, and it is an honour to be recognized for our work,” said Flavia Coughlan, the SD42 secretary treasurer. “I sincerely thank all staff who helped shape the final product.”
The MBA Review Team noted that “The budget is an excellent document that includes a wealth of information in graphic and narrative form. It is user-friendly for the average taxpayer with abundant data to meet varied readers’ needs. Many components are suitable as stand-alone documents. The Review Team congratulates the District for their budget submission to the Meritorious Budget Award.”
ASBO represents approximately 30,000 school business professionals worldwide.