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HCDE awarded 9th consecutive Meritorious Budget Award by Association of School Business Officials International
Press Release
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Nov. 27, 2017 - Harris County Department of Education was awarded the Association of School Business Officials International Meritorious Budget Award for excellence in budget presentation. The award promotes and recognizes excellence in school budget presentation. It is awarded to school districts whose budgets have undergone a rigorous review by financial professionals.

“HCDE has applied for and gained this award for nine consecutive years as a part of our commitment for fiscal responsibility to Harris County taxpayers,” said Jesus Amezcua, HCDE’s assistant superintendent of Business Services.  

In applying for the award, school business officials gain budget presentation practices and enhance their skills in developing and presenting a school system budget.  

HCDE Business Services submitted the 2017-2018 budget to a rigorous team review based on stringent criteria, according to ASBO International Executive Director John Musso. 

“The Meritorious Budget Award program helps applicants create an accessible, accurate budget that builds trust with their community,” Musso said.   

About Harris County Department of Education: HCDE provides special education, therapy services, early education, adult education and after-school programming. Services are funded by government grants, fees and a local property tax rate of $.005195. For every dollar in local property tax collected, HCDE provides $4.40 in services to the 25 Harris County school districts. HCDE also operates four campuses for students with profound special education needs and adjudicated youth who require a low student-teacher ratio and highly structured environment. One-hundred percent of students served on HCDE campuses are at-risk. The organization is governed by an elected board of seven trustees and has 1,060 employees and 33 facilities, including 15 Head Start centers. More info at

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