2023-02-28 TASBO Award

Pictured from left to right: Josue Muniz, Martha Casanova, Patricia G. Saldivar, Nilda Mora, Raul Garza 

Texas Southmost College (TSC) was awarded its second Award of Merit for Purchasing Operations by the Texas Association of School Boards Officials (TASBO). The Award of Merit was established in 2009 to recognize Texas school districts, open-enrollment charter schools, and education services centers that are committed to following professional standards in the acquisition of goods and services in accordance to State of Texas laws. Out of more than 1,000 school systems in the state, only 71 recipients met the award criteria for 2023. TSC remains the only community college to earn the award.

“These organizations have gone above and beyond to demonstrate transparency by meticulously documenting their districts’ policies and procedures,” said Tracy Ginsburg, TASBO Executive Director. “Not only have they showcased the ways they monitor spending, improve budgeting, implement controls, and enhance financial reporting, but they have shared their best practices with colleagues throughout Texas, helping even more educational organizations to better utilize taxpayer dollars.”

Members of the TSC Purchasing team were honored at an awards reception in San Antonio, Texas, on February 15 during the 2023 TASBO annual conference. Thank you to the Purchasing and Contract Management staff for their hard work, dedication, and commitment in reaching higher standards and taking on new challenges.

“We feel very proud to be recognized as one of the educational institutions and the only community college to receive this merit award for a second time,” said Patricia G. Saldivar, TSC Director of Purchasing. “This award represents the effort in following best practices in the area of purchasing operations, and it continues a tradition of efficiency and effectiveness at TSC.

“A warm thank you to our honorable board of trustees, college president, and department vice president for their leadership and guidance toward ethical practices and transparency for the community. “