School district earns international business award for 10th straight year

The McAllen Independent School District Business Office has earned a prestigious international award for its comprehensive annual financial report for the 10th consecutive year.

This is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

“This speaks to the outstanding work performed by our Business Office,” McAllen ISD Superintendent J.A. Gonzalez, Ed. D., said. “They keep the district running smoothly while maintaining a sharp eye on the public’s dollar. Ultimately, their efforts benefit our community’s children.”

The Certificate has been awarded to McAllen ISD by Government Finance Officers Association of the United State and Canada (GFOA) for the district’s comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).

The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, including going beyond the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles to prepare comprehensive annual financial report that evidence the spirit of transparency and full disclosure. The goal of the program is to ensure that users of our financial statements have the information they need to assess the financial health of the District. The award is for the most recent fiscal year which ended June 30, 2019.

Not only has the district earned this distinction for 10 straight years but it has earned many other awards for its Business and Purchasing practices which exemplify the district’s effective management of the taxpayers’ dollars and transparency. This includes:

Earning the state’s highest mark by TEA’s School FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas), 16 times in 17 years with a perfect score in the last eight years.
McAllen ISD has been recognized for excellence in budget presentation with the Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) for the 2019–20 budget year. This is the third straight year McAllen ISD has earned the highest recognition in government budgeting by the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO). For budget years 2015-16 and 2016-17, the District received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association.

Maintained a high credit rating from a major credit-rating service (Moody’s).

Earned Transparency Stars from Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts in Traditional Finances and Debt Obligations.

Awarded the National Achievement of Excellence in Procurement (AEP) for six straight years from the National Procurement Institute, Inc.

Government Finance Officers Association is a major professional association serving the needs of more than 21,000 appointed and elected local, state and provincial-level government officials and other finance practitioners. It provides top quality publications, training programs, services and products designed to enhance the skills and performance of those responsible for government finance policy and management. The association is headquartered in Chicago with offices in Washington, D.C.