Vidalia City Schools Financial Department Receives Award for Excellence for 6th Straight Year!

Norma Croft and Dr. Garrett Wilcox

For the 6th straight year, The Vidalia City School System has been awarded the Award of Distinction for Excellent Financial Reporting by the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts. This award was established to recognize excellence in financial reporting and controls. This year, Vidalia City Schools was one of only 42 school districts in the state to receive the honor! According to Norma Croft, Finance Director for the Vidalia City School System, the award encourages governmental organizations to go beyond the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and recognizes individual organizations that successfully achieve this goal. 


“I am so proud of what we have accomplished as a team for the past six years, and how we are able to present the system in a positive light while also being good stewards for the community and their tax money. And when I talk about the team, that’s exactly what we are, a team and I couldn’t do what is being done without them. Each person who has a hand in what we do has a part of this award. They work hard to do all that is required of us and each one operates in excellence and knows how important it is to be a good steward for the taxpayers.”


Superintendent of Vidalia City Schools, Dr. Garrett Wilcox, also recognized the work of the Finance Department and the effort it takes to make sure that everything is up to standard.

“This award shows just how hard Norma and her staff work within the guidelines that are set by the state. We couldn’t be more proud of their efforts and are thankful that we have a group of individuals who work so well as a team to make sure that the state and the taxpayer’s finances are being managed in the proper way. To be one of only 42 systems in the state to receive this recognition is also a great accomplishment. Norma has been doing this for over 20 years, and is well respected by her peers across the state, and in the Georgia Department of Audits & Accounts.” 


About the Award of Distinction for Excellent Financial Reporting

Created in 2014, the award is presented to organizations that submit quality financial statements and supporting documentation in a timely manner. In order to receive this award, the organization’s annual financial report must also be free of any significant deficiencies or material weaknesses, comply with all Transparency in Government requirements, and be given an unmodified audit opinion.

The Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts exists to provide independent, credible audit services promoting improvement in government.


Click HERE for a list of DOAA Award of Distinction for Excellent Financial Reporting Fiscal Year 2020 Recipients

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