The Newark Board of Education is Awarded the Meritorious Budget Award for the 13th Time

[Newark, NJ] The Newark Board of Education (NBOE) is thrilled to announce its prestigious recognition with the 2023–2024 Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) from the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO). This marks the 13th time that NBOE has received this esteemed award, with an outstanding achievement of 12 consecutive years.

The Meritorious Budget Award is a testament to the District’s commitment to fiscal integrity and sound financial practices. ASBO International, a renowned organization dedicated to advancing the highest standards in school business management, has recognized the District for its excellence in budget presentation and fiscal responsibility.

"As stewards of public funds, we are honored to be acknowledged once again by ASBO International with the Meritorious Budget Award. This achievement reflects our ongoing commitment to financial excellence and responsible resource management, ultimately benefiting the students, educators, and community we serve," said School Business Administrator Wilson.

Superintendent León echoed the sentiment, “This award reaffirms our position as a leader in educational financial management. We remain dedicated to maintaining the highest standards in budgeting practices, ensuring that every dollar spent contributes to the advancement of educational opportunities and outcomes.”

“Winning the Meritorious Budget Award is an amazing accomplishment for the District. And winning it 13 times is no easy task. It demonstrates how seriously the District focuses on being financially responsible, stated Board President Council.

The Newark Board of Education takes great pride in being the first educational institution in New Jersey to achieve this remarkable feat. This recognition underscores the Board's unwavering dedication to transparency, accountability, and effective financial management, ensuring that resources are optimally allocated to support the highest quality education for the community.

About Newark Public Schools
The Newark Public Schools is the largest school district in New Jersey and dates back to 1676. The District currently enrolls over 39,000 students in 63 schools. After more than two decades of state operation and upon return to local control in 2018, the District has opened 9 new schools under Superintendent León's leadership with an additional portfolio of new options to be announced in the coming months and years. The Newark Board of Education serves as a beacon of educational excellence, dedicated to nurturing the potential of every student. With a commitment to innovation, inclusivity, and fostering a love for learning, the District continues to shape future generations and make a positive impact within the community.

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