Friendswood ISD gets new Platinum Leadership Circle Award
From Texas Comptroller’s Office
For the second consecutive year, Friendswood ISD was awarded the prestigious Texas Comptroller Leadership Circle award and this year it was made even more prestigious with the addition of the Platinum level.
FISD is one of only 123 school districts in Texas out of more than 1050 districts to receive this new top honor.
The Comptroller of Public Accounts launched the Texas Comptroller Leadership Circle program in December 2009 to recognize local governments across Texas that are striving to meet a high standard for financial transparency online.
They spotlighted local governments that are opening their books to the public, providing clear, consistent pictures of spending and sharing information in a user-friendly format that lets taxpayers easily drill down for more detail.
The new platinum designation in the Leadership Circle was created to enhance the Leadership Circle program by spotlighting entities that meet an even higher standard of financial transparency.
Prior to this year, levels included only gold, silver and bronze. Platinum spotlights entities that go above and beyond providing financial transparency, according to the Comptroller’s website. Gold highlights those entities that are setting the bar with their transparency efforts.
As defined by the Comptroller, transparency is a broad term that, quite literally, means something that can be seen through. Transparency in terms of government spending refers to government opening its books to the public so that taxpayers can see exactly where their money is going.
Transparency ensures taxpayer dollars are spent efficiently by ensuring decisions are made on the record and in the open. Transparency means that citizens can review and question policymakers’ decisions, examine documents, root out inefficiencies and hold officials accountable for the way tax dollars are spent, they report.