The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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February 18, 2014

Palestine ISD honored for financial reporting

PALESTINE —

The Palestine Independent School District's Board of Trustees heard news of receiving the Gold Leadership Circle Award for financial transparency during its meeting Monday.

The Comptroller of Public Accounts launched the Texas Comptroller Leadership Circle program in December 2009 to recognize local governments across Texas that are striving to meet a high standard for financial transparency online.

The award spotlights governments that open their 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 information.

PISD scored 17 of 20 possible points in the rating’s criteria.

News of the award was sent to PISD Director of Business Services David Atkeisson.

“The district should be proud of this accomplishment,” PISD Superintendent Jason Marshall told the board during the meeting, commending Atkeisson and his staff. “He had the courage to go after this award and never looked away.”

Also during the meeting, the school board approved the school trustee election order, setting the school board election for Place 6 and Place 7 on Saturday, May 10. The board also approved a joint election resolution between the school and the City of Palestine for election day on May 10.

In the event of a cancelled election, due to unopposed candidates, the entity canceling the election will not be liable for election costs incurred. The two entities will share election workers but have separate election ballots and ballot boxes.

Palestine ISD and the City of Palestine will share the following common polling locations on Election Day: Freedom Fellowship Church, 125 Kickapoo St.; Washington Early Childhood Center, 1020 Hamlett St; and Palestine ISD Administrative Office,1007 E. Park Ave.

In the event of such a joint election, the PISD will share equally in the expense of the election such as renting and programming of voting machines. Each political subdivision will conduct separate early voting locations for the period from April 28 to May 6.

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