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Dallas Examiner | 4/15/2013, 11:17 a.m.

CEDAR HILL

Last week, the Cedar Hill Independent School District received a GOLD Leadership Circle Award from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts for the fourth straight year.

The award is the comptroller’s top honor for designating the effectiveness of how well school districts share financial information with the public. The GOLD award measures a high standard for financial transparency for districts that give a clear picture of spending by opening their books online. CHISD scored 17 out of 20 to earn the award.

“It is important that we build and maintain trust between the district and the public,” said Carrie Alexander, CHISD chief financial officer.

The district posts financial records on its website, http://www.chisd.net, as well as the Texas Transparency website, http://www.texastransparency.org.

Last month, both Standard & Poor and Fitch Ratings gave CHISD an AA credit rating for the fifth consecutive year.

DALLAS

Dallas Councilwoman Delia Jasso of Dist. 1 was named the 2013 Most Powerful and Influential Woman of Texas last week by the National Diversity Council during the 2013 Texas Diversity and Leadership Conference.

The National Diversity Council cultivates a nationwide network of affiliated councils to advance diversity and inclusion by transforming communities into inclusive environments.

The NDC serves as the umbrella organization to support statewide affiliates that foster diversity as a strategy for business success and community well-being through various initiatives.

DALLAS

The Dallas Police Department along with Councilwoman Delia Jasso launched “Coffee with Cops,” a new community engagement last Saturday to build rapport with residents.

Dallas police officers and neighborhood patrol officers met patrons at the McDonald’s restaurant on Jefferson Boulevard and talked with them about community issues over free cups of coffee.

“I hope this program builds good relationships between the neighborhood patrol officers working in District 1 and residents who live here … I think this program will be a good model for implementing it throughout the city,” Jasso said.

The councilwoman approached Chief David Brown about leveraging a successful program with the vision of having police officers and residents meeting in a casual setting and to begin dialogue and create lasting relationships in the community.