The Texas Comptroller’s Gold Leadership Circle program recognizes local governments across Texas that are striving to meet a high standard for financial transparency online.
The Gold Leadership Circle Award from Susan Combs, Texas comptroller of public accounts, states, “by providing citizens with a clear consistent picture of spending and sharing information in a user-friendly format, you are setting a strong example for other governmental entities to follow.”
BISD Superintendent Dr. John Hardwick Jr. shared the good news with school trustees at their last board meeting.
“We’re the first in the region, and I think one of seven school districts in the state, out of 1,026 school districts, to receive this award from the Texas Comptroller’s office for setting the bar for financial transparency and opening the books for the public,” he explained.
He credited the school board with “setting the tone” to accomplish the award by insisting on financial transparency and openness in regards to the district finances.
Hardwick also credited school district business manager Linda O’Connell with ensuring the school district met the objectives of the Gold Leeadership Circle Award.
O’Connell said she couldn’t have done it without the help of her staff or the staff from the school district’s technology department.
“She had everything in place and made sure we were doing everything in the right way,” Hardwick said, adding, “I think this (recognition) speaks for us all in the terms of our expectations to communicate with our taxpayers to reveal to them what we are doing with their taxpayer dollars.”
Trustee Tom Beasley said he has met with members of the public who have praised the headquarters staff for their kindness, helpfulness and openness.
In a letter accompanying the award Ms. Combs said, “I am pleased to inform you that Beeville Independent School District has earned a Gold Leadership Circle Award. Your application scored 13 points of 15 possible on our ratings criteria to earn this award. Your listing on our “Transparency Check Up” Web site now displays the Gold seal to indicate that you have received this award. Enclosed is your copy of a Leadership Circle Award Certificate. You will also receive a digital seal that you may post on your Web site. Congratulations on your success in moving forward on financial transparency and joining our Leadership Circle.”