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Higley Earns National Recognition for Fiscal Responsibility

Certificate of Excellence for its Annual Comprehensive Financial Report 2022

Richards: “Our district takes great pride in being financially transparent and is committed to maintaining our high level of fiscal responsibility.”

HIGLEY SCHOOLS (November 27, 2023) – The Higley Unified School District has earned two national awards for its exemplary financial reporting and accountability, bestowed by both the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) and the Government Finance Officers of the United States and Canada (GFOA). These recognitions stand as a testament to the district's ongoing dedication to exceptional financial management.

Interim Superintendent Sherry Richards said, “We are pleased that Higley has been recognized for our district’s outstanding achievements. Our district takes great pride in being financially transparent and is committed to maintaining our high level of fiscal responsibility. I want to congratulate our district as well as Higley's Chief Financial Officer, Tyler Moore, for his dedication to our schools and community.”

The ASBO Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting award recognizes Higley for meeting and exceeding the program's high standards for financial reporting and accountability. ASBO International’s COE recognizes districts that have met the program’s high standards for financial reporting and transparency. The school district earned the Certificate of Excellence for its Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR) for the fiscal year that ended in 2022.

“The COE’s mission is to promote and recognize excellence in financial reporting,” ASBO International Chief Operations Officer/Interim Executive Director Siobhan McMahon said. “The Annual Comprehensive Financial Report informs stakeholders about the financial and economic state of the district, making it an important communications tool for building trust and engaging with the school community.”

ASBO International is a professional organization representing approximately 30,000 school business professionals worldwide that provides programs and services to promote the highest standards of school business management practices, professional growth, and the effective use of education resources.

In addition to the impressive recognition earned from the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO), the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting (CAFR) was bestowed upon Tyler Moore, Higley's Chief Financial Officer, by the Government Finance Officers of the United States (GFOA). The certificate of achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting. The CAFR was judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story.

The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 19,000 government finance practitioners providing top quality publications, training programs, services, and products to enhance the skills of those responsible for government finance policy and management.

CFO Tyler Moore concluded, “I am honored to earn this award and for our hard work every day to protect the taxpayer and spend money wisely. Higley has worked hard to maintain a transparent financial

approach while being fiscally responsible. It gives me great satisfaction knowing that our hard work has not gone unnoticed. Congratulations to Higley Unified School District and thank you to both ASBO and GFOA for awarding our district with such significant accolades.”

About the Higley Unified School District

Higley Unified School District is a distinguished district in Arizona that serves students at 16 schools located in Gilbert and Queen Creek, including HUSD's very own Virtual Academy. Students succeed on a number of academic markers as teachers prepare learners today to achieve their goals and dreams of tomorrow. Higley schools offer a well-rounded education with academics, music, art, languages, athletics, physical education, technology, and character education. Schools provide a safe and inviting environment for learning. Extra-curricular activities begin at the elementary school level, with dozens of options available at the high schools. Learn more about the district at husd.org.

About Association of School Business Officials International

Founded in 1910, the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) is a nonprofit organization that, through its members and affiliates, represents approximately 30,000 school business professionals worldwide. ASBO International is committed to providing programs, services, and a global network that promote the highest standards in school business. Its members support student achievement through effective resource management in various areas ranging from finance and operations to food services and transportation. Learn more at asbointl.org.

About Government Finance Officers of the United States

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), founded in 1906, represents public finance officials throughout the United States and Canada. The association's more than 20,000 members are federal, state/provincial, and local finance officials deeply involved in planning, financing, and implementing thousands of governmental operations in each of their jurisdictions. GFOA's mission is to advance excellence in public finance. Learn more at gfoa.org.