H-F SD 233 earns highest possible bond rating
May 9, 2013 1:58PM
Updated: June 13, 2013 5:34PM
Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School District 233 received an AAA bond rating, the highest possible, from Standard & Poor’s Rating Services, elevating its AA+ rating from last year.
It is the first time the district was awarded this rating in its 54 years.
“There are so few districts in the country to receive this rating. It is really something special and denotes the hard work and dedication of many,” District 233 Board President Richard Lites said. “The AAA rating truly puts our district in an elite class. Less than 2 percent of school districts in the nation receive an AAA rating by Standard & Poor’s: 69 in the nation, 23 in the state of Illinois.”
According to Standards & Poor’s, the upgraded rating was based on the district’s participation in the diverse Chicago metropolitan area economy; its good financial management assessment; its strong cash reserves; its very strong fund balance; its very strong per-capita wealth and median household effective buying income levels; and a moderate debt burden with limited future capital needs.
The higher rating reflects Standard & Poor’s view of the district’s very strong financial position and anticipated sustained financial stability at current — if not higher — levels through fiscal year 2017.
“This rating will benefit Homewood-Flossmoor High School’s financial profile for the foreseeable future,” said Andrew Lindstrom, chairman of the finance committee. “The rating allows us to get the lowest competitive interest rates for bond financing, saving taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.”
To achieve the top rating, the district worked for years on strong financial planning, being good stewards of taxpayers’ money and having the fiscal discipline to stay the course, district business manager Ken Parchem said.
“This tremendous accomplishment was truly a team effort,” he said.