Rochester Community School District Recognized for Award-Winning Budget

Rochester Community Schools was presented with the prestigious Association of School Business Officials International Meritorious Budget Award for the 2017–2018 budget year.

The MBA promotes and recognizes excellence in school budget presentation and is conferred only to school districts whose budgets have undergone a rigorous review by professional auditors and have met or exceeded the program’s stringent criteria.

Director of Financial Services Matt McDaniel, Superintendent Robert Shaner, and Assistant Superintendent for Business Affairs Dana Taylor

Director of Financial Services Matt McDaniel, Superintendent Robert Shaner, and Assistant Superintendent for Business Affairs Dana Taylor

“We are so proud of receiving the Meritorious Budget Award. It was truly a team effort and a credit to Dr. Shaner and our Board of Education who are committed to maintaining a balanced budget that is sustainable, promotes growth and supports high quality student programs,” said Assistant Superintendent for Business Affairs Dana Taylor.

By applying for the award, school business officials learn best practices and enhance their skills in developing, analyzing, and presenting a school system budget. “School business officials are responsible for ensuring taxpayer dollars are spent wisely, and that the district budget reflects student priorities and needs,” said ASBO International Executive Director John Musso. “The MBA program helps applicants create an accessible, accurate budget that builds trust with their community. This award recognizes districts that have made it clear they want students at the center of their fiscal plan and vision.”

The document took approximately one year to complete and includes a forecasted budget for all areas within the organization including the general fund, capital projects fund, debt fund, food service fund, and bookstore fund. 

“The document contains three years of historical information, the current year’s budget, the budget for the following year, and three forecasted years. It’s a great way to plan long term,” said Taylor.

Rochester Community Schools is one of only four districts across the state of Michigan to have received the MBA for the 2017-2018 budget document.

“Our ability to accomplish the goals set by our strategic plan requires fiscal stewardship. This budget forecast will ensure we can continue to provide our students with a world-class education, now and into the future,” said Superintendent Robert Shaner, Ph.D.

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