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FCPS Awarded for Budget, Communications Efforts

2 December 2019 Winchester Frederick County News

December 2, 2019

WINCHESTER – Frederick County Public Schools announced that the system was recognized for their financial transparency and budget construction, along with communications efforts, by two national organizations.

For the seventh year in a row, the Association of School Business Officials International awarded FCPS with a Meritorious Budget Award for excellence in budget presentation during the 2019-20 budget year. Additionally, the Chesapeake Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association presented several awards to the school system relating to an annual school communications contest.

FCPS applies for the MBA each year by submitting their fiscal year budget to be reviewed by ASBO. A team of professional auditors are trained specifically for the requirements of the MBA by ASBO. The School Board approved budget is then sent to ASBO to examine whether or not the school systems budget fits said requirements.

“Districts that apply to the MBA or Pathway to the MBA programs recognize the importance of presenting a quality, easy-to-understand budget internally and to their community,” ASBO International Executive Director David J. Lewis said in a press release. “Participating in the MBA and Pathway programs provides districts with important tools and resources they need to communicate the districts goals and objectives clearly and illustrates their commitment to adhering to nationally recognized budget presentation standards.”

Frederick County Public Schools was recognized with several awards from CHESPRA for their efforts to create transparency throughout the school system. The first Award of Merit was handed out in the Financial Information category with regards to the FY20 Approved Budget. The second was for a speech given by Superintendent David Sovine. The speech was titled “Connections for Success.”

“We devote a great deal of attention to being transparent and keeping our staff and members of the community informed about the budget, our schools and daily operations,” Sovine said in a press release. “The members of our Finance Department and Communications Department… are making a difference through their commitment to providing information that’s relevant, useful and easy to access.”


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