Prince George's County Public Schools received the 2011 Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada. This award represents the highest rating given to government budget documents.
"We are extremely proud of our staff in Business Management Services for achieving this honor," said Dr. William R. Hite, Jr., Superintendent of Schools. "As part of our Strive for Five goals, we are working hard to ensure that all school system operations are effective and efficient. This award demonstrates our staff's commitment to take this a step further by constantly striving for excellence."
Submissions are reviewed by three independent reviewers. PGCPS was rated proficient in all four categories: policy document, financial plan, operations guide and communications device, as well as the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories. As a result of receiving this award, PGCPS Budget and Management Services Department will receive a Certificate of Recognition.
The GFOA established the Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program to encourage and assist state and local governments to prepare budget documents that reflect both the guidelines established by the National Advisory Council on State and Local Budgeting and the GFOA’s best practices on budgeting. The GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.
Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) is the 18th largest school district in the nation, with 198 schools, over 127,000 students, and nearly 18,000 employees. With an annual budget of $1.6 billion, the district serves a diverse student population of students living in urban, suburban, and rural communities. PGCPS is nationally recognized for its innovative programs and initiatives, including expansion of Advanced Placement courses, partnership programs with business and higher education, and the FIRST teacher incentive program.