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U-46 Board of Education Honors Financial Services Department

June 17, 2022

School District U-46’s Financial Services department will be honored with an “Accent on Achievement” during Monday night’s Board of Education meeting. The department recently earned two awards for producing clear and transparent financial reports.

The Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) awarded the District with a Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting for Fiscal Year 2021 and a Meritorious Budget Award for Fiscal Year 2022.

“U-46 is dedicated to sound fiscal management and budgetary policies, and our Financial Services department produces high-quality, user-friendly tools to allow our families, staff, and community to understand how the District manages its finances,” said U-46 Superintendent Dr. Tony Sanders. “I am grateful for their talent and hard work.” 

Development of the Annual Budget Book, which is a plan for the upcoming fiscal period, requires not only excellent accounting skills but deep collaboration among all District departments. At ASBO, a committee of professional accountants and government auditors judge the entries, thoroughly reviewing the material against best practices and standards before determining if a Meritorious Budget Award is warranted.  

The Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting is awarded to the District for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFRs), which must comply with accounting requirements established by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board. A CAFR contains the results of the prior year’s financial activities. A team of school finance professionals at ASBO review the submitted CAFRs and supporting documents to ensure they clearly communicate the governmental entity’s financial story.   

Financial Operations Director Dale Burnidge leads the department’s work on financial reports. The Board of Education will recognize the department with an “Accent on Achievement” certificate at 7 p.m. Monday, June 20, in room 140 of the Educational Services Center. The U-46 Board of

Education meeting will also be streamed live on the District’s YouTube channel