The Association of School Business Officials International, a Virginia-based nonprofit, awarded Alvin ISD and Pearland ISD with the Meritorious Budget Award for the fiscal year 2022-23 budget year, according to releases from AISD and PISD.

This is the 10th year in a row AISD has received the award and the fifth time PISD has received the award, according to the releases.

“School finances are everybody's business,” PISD Chief Financial Officer Jorgannie Carter said in the PISD release. “Developing this budget document helps us to detail how student enrollment, demographics, property values and state funding formulas affect the district’s revenues that support our students’ needs.”

Applications and budget documents are reviewed by a panel of school financial professionals for budget presentation quality over a review period of three to six months, according to the association’s website.

“Districts that apply to the MBA recognize the importance of presenting a high-quality, easy-to-understand budget internally and to the community,” ASBO International Executive Director David J. Lewis said in the AISD release.

School districts are reviewed for compliance with a budget checklist and receive feedback from the association. Then, the districts are either denied, conditionally awarded or fully awarded, according to the association.

“The long-standing financial health of Alvin ISD has been a point of pride for the district and community,” Alvin ISD CFO Daniel Combs said in the AISD release. “This is the result of a history of smart financial management and the effort of the board of trustees and our team working to identify key priorities that align with our district goals.”