NORTH KINGSTOWN, RI – For the sixth consecutive year, the North Kingstown School Department has received the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International Meritorious Budget Award for excellence in preparing and publishing its budget for last exercise. .
“It really is a testament to the district’s commitment to transparency and excellence in budgeting,” said Mary King, COO of NKSD. “We are currently, and for some time, the only district in Rhode Island to receive this award. “
King said the award nomination required “fairly strict criteria” and applauded Comptroller Steve Janelle, whom she called the “driving force” behind the district award nomination, for his efforts in writing the detailed report. of 489 pages submitted to the local RISBO chapter. and ASBO International which meticulously breaks down the budget piece by piece.
“We are fortunate to have such a dedicated and hardworking staff,” King said. “The document is quite long and it can be overwhelming, but the simple fact that the data is provided and it is in a pleasant format that people can turn to certain areas that interest them or have questions. this subject really shows how committed this neighborhood is. is too good financial reporting in a transparent way providing the public data that (the) citizens deserve.
In particular, the last fiscal year has been a challenge for the district as itself and the world has had to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and its ramifications across the board. Yet, King says, the resilience shown by all of the district staff has really been the reason for their continued success in the face of hardship.
“It’s been a tough year for all of us for sure,” King said. “We just had every district staff member who worked so hard and we did so many different things that I don’t think we ever thought in our entire life that we would someday do, but there is not a single member of staff who has not contributed beyond that, from our teachers and nurses to our food service staff, our housekeeping staff, our central office staff, teaching assistants, absolutely everything the world.
As a school district, the needs of the students are always at the forefront, and King believes the district has been able to meet their needs during this difficult time.
“The students have been touched, we know that, and we’re all really struggling to get over that, but it’s been a really good exercise for me, I mean, to really see what a great team we have here in North Kingstown when we have been able to accomplish what we have been able to accomplish, which is to say that our students who want to be there are coming back. We’ve had ups and downs, but this district has done a really good job of trying to keep kids in school where they need to be, ”King said.
As for doing it seven times in a row after the current fiscal year, King said she has full confidence in her staff to deliver.
“Oh absolutely, 100%,” King said.
The report is available for full reading on the district website, nksd.net, by going to the administration tab, by clicking on the departments, by selecting the company then by clicking on the annual budgets.