In 2016, HCDE was awarded the Texas Comptroller Leadership Circle Platinum Award for Financial Transparency. Since that time the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts has initiated a greater level of accountability, and are recognizing local governments for going above and beyond in their transparency efforts.
The Texas Transparency Stars program is the next level of transparency accountability. The program recognizes government entities that provide clear and meaningful financial information through the posting of financial documents as well as summaries, visualizations, downloadable data and other relevant information in the following specified areas.
Dr. Jesus J. Amezcua, Assistant Superintendent for Business Services
Stephanie Barnett, Chief Accounting Officer
HCDE Board of Trustees
|Eric Dick, President||Position 2, Precinct firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Danyahel (Danny) Norris, Vice President||Position 6, Precinct email@example.com|
|Richard Cantu||Position 3, At-Largefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Andrea Duhon||Position 4, Precinct email@example.com|
|Amy Flores Hinojosa||Position 1, Precinct firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Don Sumners||Position 7, At-Largeemail@example.com|
|Mike Wolf||Position 5, At-Largefirstname.lastname@example.org|
Special Purpose District: Harris County Department of Education
Most recent audited financial statement: 9/1/2018 to 8/31/2019
The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts' Transparency Stars program recognizes local governments for going above and beyond in their transparency efforts. The program recognizes government entities that accomplish the following:
- Open their books not only in their traditional finances, but also in the areas of contracts and procurement, economic development, public pensions and debt obligations; and
- Provide clear and meaningful financial information not only by posting financial documents, but also through summaries, visualizations, downloadable data and other relevant information.
Harris County Department of Education was awarded three stars by the Comptroller's Office.
HCDE continues to improve transparency. We have created a number of public information sections on our website that include the following:
- The tax supported and revenue supported debt- last five years
- Link to debt obligations
- Link to HB 1378 Annual Debt Report
- Bond Ratings
- SEC filings
- Debt Transparency Pledge
Who is HCDE?
Harris County Department of Education is a county school district and a local government subject to Chapter 11. 301 and former Chapters 17 & 18 of the Education Code. For the Transparency Star Program, HCDE is a Special Purpose District. Our fiscal year begins on September 1 to August 31 and the most current audited fiscal data year available is FY ending 8-31-2018.
Harris County Department of Education ("HCDE") has a commitment to demonstrating community stewardship through fiscal responsibility and transparency while positively impacting our community through education and service. Our business model is about implementing system and efficiency of models & transparent operations, addressing educational blind spots with purposeful intent and forward thinking.
At HCDE, we believe that all stakeholders should have access to information to make informed decisions about the sustainability and resiliency of the Department. The Department is committed to providing transparent, open and user-friendly data in an understandable format. As part of this process, HCDE Business Office has created this website to provide direct access to some of most important documents and key indicators.
HCDE continues to improve transparency. We added a briefing to the public in the front of the financial statements which provide an overview of the financial status. See a sample at the following link: http://www.showme.com/sh/?h=S01akUK. We have also created benchmarks for key financial indicators in the monthly financial statements. See a sample here.
Included in this page are links to HCDE’s Annual Budgets, Tax Rates, Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports ("CAFR"), Popular Annual Financial Reports ("PAFR"), Annual Management Financial Reports ("AFMR") and First Indicators, Check Registers, Continuing Disclosure Information, Monthly Interim Financial Statements, Investment Reports, Staffing for the last five years, Revenues and Expenditures for the last five years, Debt per capita for the last five years, and other financial information.
The budget reflects the allocation of revenues and expenditures to support the programs and services.
Districts in Texas are required by law to prepare annually a budget for the General Fund, the Debt Service Fund, and the Food Service Program. HCDE does not have a food service program. HCDE has a General Fund, Debt Service Fund, Special Revenue Funds, Capital Projects Fund, Internal Service Fund and Enterprise Fund. The following budget documents are the original budgets adopted by the Board of Trustees. The Business Office performs budget reviews during the year in which budget requirements are reevaluated and revisions are recommended to the Board. Budget amendments are presented each month for board approval.
HCDE has participated in the Association of School Business Officials' Meritorious Budget Award for the last seven years in a row.
HCDE also participates in the Government Finance Officers Association's Distinguished Budget Presentation Award program. HCDE has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the past seven years.