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The Spring Branch ISD Financial Services Division continues to excel, earning state and national honors and recognition for financial reporting, procurement, purchasing and child nutrition.

At the Nov. 16 Board of Trustees meeting, Finance Division leaders and staff members were given special recognition for the following awards:

Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. SBISD has received this highly regarded award for more than 20 years. Issued by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), the leading group of its kind in North America, SBISD once again has been presented the highest award possible for governmental accounting and financial reporting, the CAFR, or Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. An impartial panel of judges assesses the district’s CAFR for high program standards, including demonstration of a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to communicate the district’s financial story.

Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award. For a second year in a row, SBISD’s Office of Procurement Service has received this award from the National Purchasing Institute (NPI). The prestigious award was issued to 188 agencies, including only 18 school districts, across the United States and Canada. It is earned by organizations showing excellence in criteria designed to measure innovation, professionalism, productivity, e-procurement and leadership attributes of the procurement organization. This award is now viewed as the benchmark for excellence in public and nonprofit procurement.

TASBO Award of Merit for Purchasing. For the ninth year in a row, the Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) has presented the district’s Office of Procurement Services with the Award of Merit in Purchasing Operations. Texas is home to more than 1,000 school districts, but only 58 public school districts received this honor, which ranks them as the top innovators in the purchasing services field. It also honors school districts committed to using and following professional standards in the acquisition of goods and services.

Farm Fresh Challenge “Best of the Bunch” Award. SBISD’s Child Nutrition Services team won this award in late 2019, but it wasn’t generally acknowledged or publicized due to changes in operations related to COVID-19. The Texas Dept. of Agriculture issues this award for menus  with Texas-sourced items, for school nutrition class instruction, and for related social media efforts. Read more here.

SBISD’s award-winning Financial Services Division is led by Associate Superintendent Christine A. Porter and a top team of department leaders and dedicated staff members.