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Raytown School District Receives Meritorious Budget Award

The Raytown School District was awarded the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) for the 2021–2022 budget year.

ASBO International’s MBA program promotes and recognize best budget presentation practices in school districts. 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 the MBA.

“Receiving the Meritorious Budget Award is a notable step toward attaining the Board's goal of Fiscal Responsibility,” Dr. Steve Shelton Associate Superintendent of Operations and Finance said.  “Many staff and board members played a role in achieving this recognition. I'm proud of our collective efforts and continued priority to provide a deeper understanding and transparency regarding the district's financial condition.” 

This is the first year the Raytown School District has received the award.

“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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