Cincinnati Public Schools Enhances Financial Transparency with OpenGov Platform

Cincinnati, Ohio, June 29, 2017 – Cincinnati Public Schools now offers stakeholders an easy-to-use financial reporting platform that improves transparency and increases access to district spending and budgeting information.

CPS’ financial information can be viewed via the OpenGov Smart Government CloudTM, which provides a Google-style search bar to track the district’s spending, and also makes it easier to share complex financial and performance data in simple, understandable reports. The new cloud-based software enables more transparent operations and informed decision-making.

“We’re pleased to offer OpenGov to our community as a window into Cincinnati Public Schools’ financial side,” said Jennifer Wagner, CPS’ Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer. “Our goal is to be open and transparent in how we operate and how we spend taxpayers’ money, and OpenGov is an easy-access tool to help us do that.”

Wagner said the new financial software represents a re-launch and enhancement of a commitment CPS made to digital fiscal transparency when it became an early adopter in August 2015 of the State Treasurer’s Office’s Checkbook.org software initiative. OpenGov provides features that enable greater detail and context in financial reporting.

In addition, CPS has incorporated answers to frequently asked revenue and spending questions linked to specific financial data on the OpenGov page on CPS’ website: cps-k12.org (On home page, scroll down to Managing Our Finances, click the Learn More button, then click OpenGov.) No registration or signing-in required.

OpenGov’s operational intelligence and open-data solutions provide clear and interactive data visualizations, making it easier for the community and CPS administrators to analyze how the district spends its money. The user-friendly platform allows administrators to share key data across departments to more easily engage all stakeholders as the district’s annual budgets take shape. OpenGov empowers district administrators to build consensus around priorities and drive a more effective and accountable district. In addition, the public can download the data to review, and share over email and social media.

“The Cincinnati Public School District is determined to improve the way it shares financial information with the public,” said OpenGov CEO Zac Bookman. “OpenGov is proud to be working with the school system to harness the power of technology to increase transparency and community engagement. Whether it’s a $10 purchase of new school supplies or a multimillion-dollar project, Cincinnati residents can now more easily see how their tax dollars are being spent,” Bookman said.


About Cincinnati Public Schools

Cincinnati Public Schools offers families more high-quality school choices and academic programs than any other district in the Tristate region. CPS is a leader among Ohio’s eight large-city school districts in overall student performance. The district’s innovative approach to education, investment in effective and caring teachers, and vast array of collaborative partnerships have accelerated school performance to the highest level in decades – ensuring that its 35,000 students in preschool to grade 12 thrive and graduate prepared to lead successful lives in the 21st century. CPS operates 56 schools spread across 90 square miles.


About OpenGov

OpenGov is the leader in government performance management, with easy-to-use cloud software for better budgeting, improved operational intelligence, and comprehensive open data. OpenGov solutions give governments the right tools and relevant data for more informed decision-making and better outcomes for the public. Over 1,500 public agencies in 48 states are part of the growing OpenGov network. Founded in 2012, OpenGov customers include the State Treasurer of Ohio, the city of Minneapolis, MN; Maricopa County, AZ; and Washington, DC. OpenGov is backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Emerson Collective, 8VC, and Thrive Capital, and has headquarters in Redwood City, CA.


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Cincinnati Public Schools Contact:
Brittany Marks
Cincinnati Public Schools
513-363-0244
marksbr@cps-k12.org

OpenGov Contact:
Brian Purchia
OpenGov, Inc.
202-253-4330
pr@opengov.com


Published: June 29, 2017