The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has announced that Atlanta Public Schools has received the GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the district’s budget including fiscal period 2011.
This award is a significant achievement for the district, as it reflects Atlanta Public Schools’ commitment to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive this award, APS had to meet nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation which includes a policy document, financial plan, operations guide, and communications device.
Atlanta Public Schools’ budget documents received a “proficient” rating in all four categories, and the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories, in order to receive the award. According to GFOA, as an award recipient, APS has pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America.