SCHOOL BEAT Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting by MIKE CUNEO Assistant Superintendent of Finance Rockford Public Schools Rockford Public Schools (RPS) was awarded the Association of School Business Officials International’s (ASBO) “Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting Program” (COE) for excellence in the preparation and issuance of the fiscal year end 2010 school system report. This is the 10th consecutive year Rockford has received this distinction. The “Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting Program” was designed by ASBO International to enable school business officials to achieve a high standard of financial reporting. The award, the highest recognition for school district financial operations offered by ASBO, is only conferred to school systems that have met or exceeded the standards of the programs. The COE award represents a very significant achievement and confirms the district’s business office commitment to financial accountability and transparency. Recognition through the COE program helps strengthen the district’s presentation for bond issuance statements and promotes a high level of financial reporting. The COE is divided into numerous reporting sections. The Introductory Section provides the district an opportunity to present our educational program, share the district’s Points of Pride, and highlight Rockford’s strategic planning model, Rockford Action Model for Success (RAMS). We also comment on the current economic conditions we face as a school district in the state of Michigan. The Financial Section meets the state and federal guidelines for financial reporting of all district funds. This section includes information on the General Fund as well as Special Revenue Funds. The Statistical Section provides a 10-year history and overview of financial and demographic data. As noted in the Vision Statement of the Board of Education, we have the responsibility to be trustworthy stewards of the financial resources provided to us by the community. The achievement of this award reflects the district’s commitment to the highest standards of school system financial reporting and to our community. You may view the full report on the district’s website at www.rockfordschools.org/Resources/PDF/RPS/Rockford%202010%20ASBO%20CAFRe.pdf. Congratulations to the staff who worked so hard to earn the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting Award and our appreciation to the community of Rockford for their support.
December 22 2011
Photos by TOM SCOTT Thanks again to the Rockford Chamber for their dedication to the Rockford Community and providing us with an event that the kids and parents cherished. It was warm and cozy in the newly remodeled Pavilion where Santa and his reindeer kept everyone in their finest spirits for hours. Soft drinks, hot chocolate, coffee and Christmas treats were provided which satisfied everyones taste buds.
Although the task of reading over the many “Dear Santa” entries was fun, The Rockford Squire staff had a hard time choosing only three winners. The first three letters to Santa listed here are the winners, and the remaining thereafter were just so cute we had to print as many as we could fit in! The three winners may come into the Squire office, 331 Northland Dr., to claim their NorthStar Cinemas “Cinema Cash.” WINNER! Dear Santa, I would like a LaLa Loozy doll with a tree house and a bus. I would like a car, but not a big one. Kind of like Cam’s, but he has a jeep and I’d like a car. A Barbie car. And a cat women figure. I like your elves Santa. And I like your suit. Make sure you don’t eat too many cookies or you will have a tummy ache. Erin Morgan, Age 5 WINNER! Dear Santa, You’re the best Santa ever! Can I please have some trucks? I’m a really good boy at school. I would like an ornament that’s not cracked. Merry Christmas to Santa! Aiden Humphrey, Age 4-1/2 WINNER! Dear Santa, Wat I want for Christmas is, love, care, headphones, IPod touch, Friends & aesy bake uven! Kaitlynn Mountney, Age 9 Dear Santa, What I want for Christmas is an I Pod touch, pillow pet, one of your bells off of your slay, anything purple, cases for my I Pod nano, a pictour of you Santa, and I want you to do the thing that you did last year you gave me some books every day and we got to unwrap them every morning. And that is what I want for Christmas Santa. Merry Christmas Santa! Ho, Ho, Ho, Ho. Love, Ashley Faulkner, Age 9 Dear Santa, I would like an electric dinosaur with stuff on it. I would like Woody’s Round-Up game. Joshua Remmes, Age 5 Dear Santa, Christmas is not about presentes it is about spending time with each otehr and the holidays. What I want is a remote control helicopter. I hope I am on the good list. ho ho ho Santa! Jordan Brechting, Age 7 Dear Santa, How are you doing? What is […]