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FSD79 Earns Meritorious Budget Award for Ninth Straight Year

Jan. 12, 2021

MUNDELEIN, Ill. -- Fremont School District 79 has been recognized by the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) for excellence in budget presentation with the Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) for the 2020-2021 budget year. This is the ninth consecutive year Fremont School District 79 has received the award.

The recognition reflects the commitment of Fremont School District 79 in achieving the highest standards of budgeting. The Meritorious Budget Award designation is the result of an objective external evaluation of the overall management and communication of the school district's budget.

“We are very honored to once again be named a recipient of the Meritorious Budget Award,” said FSD79 Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bill Robertson. “This award is a well-deserved representation of the hard work and commitment of our Business Office personnel to implement high-quality standards for fiscal practices.”

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 and other requirements and provide expert feedback that districts can use to improve their budget documents. Districts that successfully demonstrate they have met the necessary program requirements may earn either the MBA or Pathway to the MBA, an introductory program that allows districts to ease into full MBA compliance.

“Districts that apply to the MBA or Pathway to the MBA programs recognize the importance of presenting a high-quality, easy-to-understand budget internally and to the community,” ASBO International Executive Director David J. Lewis explains. “By participating in the programs, not only do districts have access to the tools and resources they need to communicate the district’s goals and objectives clearly, they demonstrate their commitment to upholding nationally recognized budget presentation standards.”

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