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The Brownsville Independent School District recently announced that the Association of School Business Officials International has awarded the district the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting for meeting the program’s high standards for financial reporting and transparency.

By participating in the Certificate of Excellence program, school districts demonstrate their commitment to financial transparency. Applicants submit their CAFR for review by a team of financial professionals, who provide feedback to improve future documents. If the CAFR meets the requirements of the program, the document may receive the Certificate of Excellence.

A district’s participation in the COE program can facilitate bond rating and continuing bond disclosure processes. The COE is proudly sponsored by ASBO International Strategic Partner American Fidelity.

BISD was also awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada .  The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

Both certificates were earned for its CAFR for the fiscal year ended 2019 and are the highest forms of recognition.

“I am extremely proud of our business and finance teams,” said Dr. René Gutiérrez, superintendent of schools of Brownsville Independent School District. “This is the district’s 13th year to receive the certificates and it shows that we are efficiently and effectively meeting the program’s standards of financial reporting and transparency. Less than 6 percent of the districts in the State of Texas received these awards.”

For more information, contact the Brownsville Independent School District at (956) 548-8000.

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About Brownsville Independent School District:

Established in 1915, The Brownsville Independent School District is a public school district whose mission is to graduate students who are prepared to excel in higher education and successfully pursue career opportunities in a changing global society by maximizing resources to ensure equitable opportunities for all students. Recognized for its top rated performance through the Texas Education Agency, the Brownsville Independent School District is the largest employer in the Rio Grande Valley with 54 schools, 6,458 employees, and 43,028 students. The Brownsville Independent School District provides a broad selection of academic activities and programs for all students that range from Early College High Schools to support programs for students with special needs. Thanks to the support of the local community, the Brownsville Independent School District is The Best Choice with a graduation rate of 93 percent. For more information, visit www.bisd.us.

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