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School Districts Honored with ASBO Budget Awards

Reston, VA – November 17, 2017 – The Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) is pleased to recognize the 160 participants in the Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) and Pathway to the MBA (Pathway) programs for 2016–2017. ASBO International’s MBA and introductory Pathway award programs promote and recognize best practices in budget presentation.

Participants submit their budget applications for review by ASBO’s panel of financial professionals, and are assessed for compliance in accordance with the MBA Criteria Checklist and other program requirements. Districts that successfully demonstrate they have met the necessary requirements may earn either the MBA or Pathway award. Reviewers provide expert feedback, offering districts a learning opportunity to further improve their budget presentation. First-time applicants may apply for the introductory Pathway program to ease into the full MBA requirements.

“The MBA is the gold-star standard for school budget presentation and provides continued opportunity to improve,” ASBO International Executive Director John Musso explains. “Those who’ve taken that first step to improve their district’s budget development process should be commended. Building an accurate, easy-to-understand budget is critical for district leaders to positively engage with their communities.”

The MBA and Pathway to the MBA are sponsored by Voya Financial®, a top provider of retirement plans for the academic community and an ASBO International Strategic Partner. Voya Financial Senior Vice President Mark Jackowitz says, “We are honored to recognize this year’s MBA and Pathway recipients and applaud them for their commitment to excellence.”

Learn more about the MBA and Pathway award programs at

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About ASBO International
Founded in 1910, the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) is a nonprofit organization that, through its members and affiliates, represents approximately 30,000 school business professionals worldwide. ASBO International is committed to providing programs, services, and a global network that promote the highest standards in school business. Its members support student achievement through effective resource management in various areas ranging from finance and operations to food services and transportation. Learn more at

About Voya Financial®
Voya Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VOYA), helps Americans plan, invest, and protect their savings—to get ready to retire better. Serving the financial needs of approximately 13.6 million individual and institutional customers in the United States, Voya Financial is committed to delivering on its vision to be America's Retirement Company® and its mission to make a secure financial future possible—one person, one family, one institution at a time. Certified as a “Great Place to Work” by the Great Place to Work® Institute, Voya is equally committed to conducting business in a way that is socially, environmentally, economically and ethically responsible and has been recognized as one of the 2017 World’s Most Ethical Companies® by the Ethisphere Institute, and as one of the Top Green Companies in the U.S., by Newsweek magazine. For more information, visit