Nacogdoches ISD’s efforts to be financially transparent online have earned it a perfect rating and the highest honor bestowed by the Texas Comptroller’s office — the Platinum Leadership Circle Award.
This makes the fifth year the district has received a Leadership Circle Award, but the first platinum honor in the level’s inaugural year. The new level recognizes school districts that exceed the basic requirements of providing financial transparency. NISD received a perfect rating of 22 and joins only 54 others to receive the honor.
“We understand our responsibility to the taxpayers of Nacogdoches to be good stewards of the funds they entrust in us,” said Dr. Ronny Knox, Nacogdoches ISD associate superintendent of business operations. “I would like to recognize the diligent work of our professionals in the business office who made this recognition possible.”
According to Texas Transparency, the Texas Comptroller Leadership Circle program recognizes local governments across Texas that strive to meet high standards for financial transparency online.
There are a few qualities that must be demonstrated before being recognized for the award.
Local governments must open their books to the public, provide clear, consistent pictures of spending, and share information in a format that all users will understand, allowing taxpayers to easily recognize detail.
All in all, financial spending should not be a secret to the public. All records should be easily accessible to curious taxpayers.
The Leadership Circle Award is valid for one year and recipients may resubmit an application for the following year.