For the seventh time, Evanston Township High School has received a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association.

Of the 1,492 awards presented by the group this year, only 99 were to school districts and only two of them were in Illinois, the other being the Chicago Public School System, according to a representative from the GFOA who presented the award at Monday night’s meeting of the District 202 School Board.

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.

“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 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.”


CFO Stafford is retiring from the district at the end of this school year. The board has selected his No. 2 person, Ms. Rodino, as his successor.  The two served in a similar capacity on the finance staff of the City of Evanston before joining ETHS in 2006.

Charles Bartling

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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