Please join me in congratulating Robin Powers, GCPS Accounting Technician, who recently completed all certification requirements through the VA Institute of Procurement to become a Virginia Contracting Associate. The certification requires a rigorous program of classroom instruction and a comprehensive exam.

Through this certification Robin has demonstrated an exemplary knowledge of procurement law, regulation and policy and has positioned GCPS to reach even higher levels of excellence in purchasing.

We applaud Mrs. Powers, pictured below with GCPS Director of Finance, Debbie White, for her commitment to excellence in public purchasing!

Robin Powers, left, with Debbie White.

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) is pleased to announce that for the second consecutive year, Goochland County Public Schools has received the prestigious Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its budget. This national Award represents the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting.

“The school board remains committed to fiscal transparency,” remarked superintendent James Lane. “A clear, accessible process of budget development and accounting throughout the year is tantamount to the goals of our strategic plan.”

For her primary responsibility and diligence in development and presentation of the school budget, Deborah White, Finance Director, also received a Certificate of Recognition. “Mrs. White continues to lead the budget development process with excellence,” said Lane. “We can confidently assure our community that the school division is handling funds with utmost responsibility and efficiency.”

Left to right: Kevin Hazzard, John Wright, James Lane, Debbie. White, Michael Payne, John Lumpkins, Beth Hardy.

GCPS satisfied 14 nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide, and communications tool. During the last budget cycle, the school board placed special emphasis on transparency by putting a greater focus on past actual expenditures, community engagement in the process, and sharing all documents with the public.  The school board held a public hearing and a town-hall style workshop to get feedback in the development of the budget.

“Our board’s leadership continues to be characterized by transparency and fiscal responsibility,” said board chair John Lumpkins. “We applaud Mrs. White and the school administration for this recognition and for the exemplary work it represents.”

The Goochland County Public School Board is considered to have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America.

The Government Finance Officers Association is a nonprofit professional association serving over 17,800 government finance professionals throughout North America. The GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.