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Government Finance Officers Association Awards Sarasota County Schools with a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence

SARASOTA COUNTY, October 9, 2019 – A Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to Sarasota County Schools by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for the 2017-18 school year. The certificate is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. The GFOA award is the most recent financial reporting honor the school district has received. Earlier this year, the school district was awarded the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Association of School Business Officials International. Together, both organizations have awarded the school district with this distinguished honor for 15 consecutive years.

“We are pleased to receive the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association for the 2017-18 school year,” commented Todd Bowden, superintendent, Sarasota County Schools. “The school district also just closed the 2018-19 school year in a strong financial position and I look forward to working with the School Board to strategically prioritize the remaining budget for the current school year.”

The CAFR is judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the GFOA’s program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.


About the Government Finance Officers Association

Government Finance Officers Association is a major professional organization servicing the needs of over 20,000 appointed and elected local, state and provincial-level government officials and their financial practitioners. It provides top-quality publications, training programs, services and products designed to enhance the skills and performance of those responsible for government finance policy and management. The association is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois with offices in Washington, D.C.


About Sarasota County Schools

Sarasota County Schools is committed to providing unrivaled academic, emotional and civic growth to every student, every day. As one of the leading employers on the Suncoast, Sarasota County Schools boasts 54 schools that expertly cater to the diverse needs of over 43,500 students. We are one of two Florida school districts to consistently earn an A-grade every year since 2004 and have been awarded the Mid-Sized School District of the Year by the University of Cambridge. Our passionate educators empower students to take charge of their academic and personal success, a practice we believe fosters lifelong growth and achievement. We actively maintain the district’s tradition of excellence and ensure that tradition extends to all students. Our commitment to our students extends beyond graduation to make sure they not only graduate on time, but do so college and career ready. Want to take your student’s education to the next level? Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or visit