District Earns Meritorious Budget Award for the First Time

Steve Hewitt, Regional Director at ING Financial Partners presented the district with the award at the December 9 Board of Education meeting. Pictured from left to right: Tim Bloom, Steve Hewitt and Lora Appenzeller-Miller.

For the first time, the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) has awarded the Waukee Community School District its Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) for excellence in budget presentation. The award is granted to school districts that have met or exceeded the Meritorious Budget Award criteria.

“As a department we strive to provide accurate and transparent information as we manage public funds. This award makes us accountable for the detail behind the numbers,” Tim Bloom Director of Business Services said.

To earn this award, the school district submitted its 2013–14 budget for a rigorous review based on stringent criteria the helps to present clear budget guidelines, promote communication between departments and community, encourages short-and  long-range budget goals and supports effect use of educational resources.

Steve Hewitt, Regional Director at ING Financial Partners presented the district with the award at the December 9 Board of Education meeting. ING U.S. was honored to sponsor the MBA program for the ninth consecutive year.

“This is quite an accomplishment to receive the Meritorious Budget Award in our first year of submission and is representative of our commitment to meet the highest standards of school budgeting and reporting,” David Wilkerson, Superintendent said. “Congratulations to Lora Appenzeller-Miller, Tim Bloom and the entire business office for this outstanding achievement.

ASBO International and ING U.S.

Founded in 1910, ASBO International has more 4,000 school business management professionals as members. ASBO provides programs and services to our members to promote the highest standards of school business management practices.

ING U.S. which plans to rebrand in the future as Voya Financial, is a leading provider of financial products and services, both at the workplace and through an expansive distribution network of financial professionals. ING U.S.’s mission is to guide Americans on their journey to greater retirement readiness and to make a secure financial future possible – one person, one family, and one institution at a time.

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