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School District 202 received a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFAO) for its FY2014-15 budget.  A seven-time recipient of the award, ETHS District 202 met nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. 

“At ETHS we strive to achieve the highest financial practices and the best fiscal management. This prestigious award affirms our commitment and our ongoing accomplishments,” said District 202 Superintendent Eric Witherspoon. “I especially want to recognize and thank Bill Stafford and Mary Rodino who are top-fight financial officers. We are so fortunate to have them at ETHS, and they contribute mightily to my amazing leadership team.” 

District 202 is one of only two school districts in Illinois to be recognized by the Budget Awards Program this year. Documents submitted to the program are reviewed by selected members of the GFOA professional staff and by outside reviewers with experience in public-sector budgeting. To receive an award, budget documents must be rated “proficient” or “outstanding” in four basic categories. Within the categories, 14 of 27 specific criteria are identified as mandatory.

The GFOA established the Budget Awards Program to encourage and assist state and local governments to prepare budget documents of the very highest quality that reflect both the guidelines established by the National Advisory Council on State and Local Budgeting and the GFOA’s best practices on budgeting and then to recognize individual governments that succeed in achieving that goal. ETHS is among 1,492 organizations, including counties, municipalities, school districts, and colleges across the country, that won the Budget Award for their 2014 budgets.

ETHS District 202 is also a past recipient of the GFOA’s “Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting” for its comprehensive annual financial reports.