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Kyrene Business Services Team Awarded Certificate of Financial Excellence

Posted August 2021


On August 13, 2021, the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada awarded Kyrene Elementary School District No. 28 GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement (COA) for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The Kyrene Business Services Team has received this award every year for nearly three decades. This Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting. Receiving this award represents a significant accomplishment by the Kyrene School District and its leaders.


“We hope that the financial reporting excellence in Kyrene will encourage other government officials in their efforts to achieve and maintain an appropriate standard of excellence in governmental accounting,” stated Michele Mark Levine, GFOA Director of Technical Services.


Kyrene received the GFOA Certificate of Achievement in recognition of its comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2020. An impartial panel judged the Kyrene report and found that the district met the high standards of the GFOA program. GFOA established the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program in 1945 to encourage and assist state and local governments with comprehensive annual financial reports in the spirit of transparency and full disclosure and as a way to recognize individual governments that succeed in achieving that goal.


“I am so proud of every one of our Business Services personnel and I commend them for their dedication to financial reporting excellence,” said Kyrene Superintendent Laura Toenjes. “This recognition is another example of Kyrene’s dedication to being a leader in public education.”


The Kyrene Business Services team is led by Chief Financial Officer Chris Herrmann and Business Services Director Brian Lockery. Business Services is responsible for Accounting, Purchasing, Payroll, Financial Reporting, Budget Control, Food Services, National School Breakfast and Lunch Program, Medicaid, Property Control and Auditing functions for the Kyrene School District.