DMPS Honored for Excellence in Financial Accounting

Des Moines Public Schools has once again been honored by two national business organizations for its excellence in financial reporting and accounting. This is the second year in a row Des Moines Public Schools was recognized by the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) and the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA).

The district’s Business and Finance Department was awarded the GFOA Certificate of Achievement for Excellence Award in Financial Reporting and the ASBO International Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting.

Both awards recognized the high quality and standards of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report prepared by Des Moines Public Schools for the 2008 fiscal year.

“This recognition confirms the strength and reliability of our financial operations,” said Patricia Schroeder, chief financial officer for Des Moines Public Schools. “We would not have received either award without the hard work and dedication of each and every staff member in our department — from the cashier to the staff accountants, from the accounts payable clerks to our controller to our audit firm.”

According to GFOA, “the [DMPS] has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive ‘spirit of full disclosure’ to clearly communicate its financial story.”