Evanston Township High School and its chief financial officer, William Stafford, were presented with awards Monday night for the current District 202 budget from the Government Finance Officers Association.

Evanston’s assistant city manager, Martin Lyons, presented the award on behalf of the association at the beginning of the September meeting of the District 202 School Board at ETHS.

The district received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, while Stafford, as the CFO, received a Certificate of Recognition for Budget Preparation.

“This award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting and represents a significant achievement  by your organization,” wrote Stephen J. Gauthier, director of the Chicago-based association’s Technical Services Center, in a letter that accompanied the awards.

Lyons noted that only one in 14 governmental organizations qualifies for the award.

The GFOA established the award in 1984 to encourage and assist state and local governments to prepare budget documents of the very highest quality that reflect best practices on budgeting and then to recognize individual governments that succeed in achieving that goal.

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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