Sunny Award

The St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) has received a Sunny Award nomination again this year, an award given to the most transparent government websites in the country by the editors of Sunshine Review. The SJCSD website received an A+ for scoring ten out of ten on the group’s transparency checklist.
The SJCSD is one of 112 government websites out of 6,000 in the nation with a perfect 10 rating. It is also one of only six school districts in Florida to be selected and the only one to be nominated for the past two years.
The Sunshine Review promotes transparency and affirmative disclosure at the state and local levels. A “10 Point Transparency Checklist” was used to analyze 50 state websites and more than 6,000 local government web sites.
School district websites across the country were measured against the checklist that evaluates the online accessibility of financial management information. The survey included taxes, budget, meetings, elected officials, administrative officials, contracts, audits, public records, academics and background checks.
The SJCSD has a Financial Transparency website, which includes property tax information, auditor general reports, school district budget, school internal accounts audits, budget amendments, bids/RFPs/quotes, monthly bills, monthly financial statements and a debt service payment schedule. The website includes data for the past three years.
“We are grateful for this recognition again and I am extremely proud of CFO Conley Weiss and his team for their efforts in providing this information to the public,” said Superintendent Joseph Joyner. “It’s important for taxpayers to know that the school district is being a good steward of its resources and that they can trust the School Board to make good decisions.  We are again facing difficult financial times, and it will be more important than ever to provide maximum value to our children with the diminishing dollars we receive.”
The Sunny Award winners are being notified prior to Sunshine Week being observed March 13-19.