ETHS one of two school districts in Illinois to win budget award

Elena Sucharetza, Assistant City Editor

School District 202 is one of two school districts in Illinois this year to receive a national award for its 2014-15 budget, the school announced.

The Government Finance Officers Association announced the recipients of the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award based on nationally recognized criteria for effective budgeting and money management. The organization established the awards program to encourage institutions to practice responsible budgeting techniques.

Professionals from the association as well as from outside officials with experience in public-sector budgeting reviewed budget documents to qualify organizations — including school districts, counties and municipalities — for the award. Within these categories, budget documents from award recipients must have received a “proficient” or “outstanding” rating.

Including this most recent recognition, ETHS is now a seven-time recipient of the award. School officials said good fiscal management is one of their main goals.

“At ETHS we strive to achieve the highest financial practices and the best fiscal management,” superintendent Eric Witherspoon said in a news release. “This prestigious award affirms our commitment and our ongoing accomplishments.”

ETHS is one of 1,492 organizations in the nation to win the budget award for its 2014 budget.

The Budget Awards Program was created to provide an incentive to state and local governments to be fiscally responsible and produce budget documents that meet criteria put out by GFOA and the National Advisory Council on State and Local Budgeting.

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