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School Districts Recognized for Exemplary Financial Reporting

Ashburn, VA –December 10, 2019– The Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) congratulates the 562 districts that earned ASBO International’s Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting (COE) award for fiscal year ended 2018. These districts have met the COE program’s high standards for financial reporting and accountability based on their Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

“By preparing a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and earning the COE, these districts demonstrate to parents and other community stakeholders that the district is both credible and transparent, building trust in their financial accountability,” ASBO International Executive Director David Lewis says. “The application process itself is beneficial in that districts receive valuable feedback they can use to improve the quality and clarity of future reports.” Participation in the COE program also can help strengthen a district’s presentation for bond issuance.

Program applicants submit their Comprehensive Annual Financial Report to be reviewed by a team of school financial professionals. If the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report meets the requirements of the program, the school district may receive the COE award.

The COE award program is sponsored by ASBO International Strategic Partner American Fidelity. Learn more about ASBO International’s COE program at

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About ASBO 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

About American Fidelity
American Fidelity provides employer cost-savings solutions and supplemental insurance benefits to specific industries. Acting as an extension of the HR department, we educate, enroll, and support the development of robust, competitive insurance packages—all while ensuring seamless administration and employee satisfaction. As experts in employer benefit solutions, our salaried account managers deliver year-round support, help employers overcome benefit administrative challenges, and always offer a different perspective – a different opinion.