“The MBA review process provides the district with feedback from other districts who also adhere to the MBA budget guidelines to create a comprehensive financial projection that is continually improved year after year. This provides a budget document to our community that transparently communicates to all who are interested in D123’s financial path, explaining both the why and the how,” said Mike Loftin, the Assistant Superintendent of Business at District 123.
Districts that successfully demonstrate they have met the necessary program requirements may earn either the MBA or Pathway award. In addition to the recognition, reviewers provide expert feedback on the budget proposals.
“Districts that apply to the MBA or Pathway to the MBA programs recognize their
community needs to be able to easily find and understand important district financial
information,” ASBO International’s Executive Director David Lewis explains. “Awarded
budget documents are accurate, easy to read, and communicate the district’s goals and
objectives. Reviewer comments help districts continually improve their budget
presentation—which is one reason districts apply each year.”
“Our School District 123 Strategic Plan holds us accountable to the community for responsible use of funding and fiscal transparency. This award reflects our district’s commitment to sound fiscal management and budgetary policy. Our Chief School Business Official, Dr. Mike Loftin and our business office staff work hard to prepare comprehensive and clear budgetary reports for our community, and I appreciate their high standards and on-going effort. We are very proud of this accomplishment and will continue to strive to remain transparent and openly communicate our yearly budget to the community,” said Dr. Paul Enderle.
This is the fifth consecutive year District 123 has received the honor.