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State Comptroller honors district for financial transparency

Tue Apr 22, 2014

Longview ISD, for the second consecutive year, has received the Texas Comptroller’s highest honor for financial transparency.

The Texas Comptroller Leadership Circle spotlights public entities that “go above and beyond providing financial transparency” to the general public, according to Comptroller Susan Combs’ office. This includes:

 

  • ·        opening school district 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.

 

While records are accessible through in-person requests, Longview ISD gained Platinum status in the Circle for making financial data easily available on its official website.

 

“Everything you’d want to know about our finances is available within two clicks of our home page,” said Lynn Marshall, Longview ISD’s assistant superintendent of business, finance & facilities. “And it’s spelled out in a way that you don’t have to be an accountant to understand it.”

 

The Platinum designation is new in 2014. In previous years, Gold was the highest honor in the Circle. Longview ISD was among 32 Platinum districts statewide as of this past week.