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Ranking school finances: Which districts are the healthiest in South Suburbs?

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By Local Labs News Service | May 6, 2019

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Evergreen Park Community High School District 231, Palos Heights School District 128 and Flossmoor School District 161 received the best financial ratings by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) for their 2018 finances.

ISBE started profiling the financial health of the state's school districts in 2003, using experts to evaluate five areas: fund-balance-to-revenue ratio, expenditure-to-revenue ratio, days cash on hand, percentage of short-term borrowing ability remaining, and percentage of long-term borrowing ability remaining. The results are combined into a score, which corresponds with one of four designations.

Districts that score between 1 and 2.61 are on "financial watch"; between 2.62 and 3.07 - "financial warning"; between 3.08 and 3.53 - "financial review" and between 3.54 and 4.00 - "financial recognition".

Twelve Illinois school districts fell into the lowest financial strength category.

South Suburbs school districts financial health

Rank
District
County
Score
Designation
1
Harvey School District 152
Cook
4.0
Recognition
2
Evergreen Park Community High School District 231
Cook
4.0
Recognition
3
Palos Heights School District 128
Cook
4.0
Recognition
4
Flossmoor School District 161
Cook
4.0
Recognition
5
Consolidated High School District 230
Cook
4.0
Recognition
6
Palos School District 118
Cook
4.0
Recognition
7
Pleasantdale School District 107
Cook
4.0
Recognition
8
Lemont Bromberek Combined School District 113A
Cook
4.0
Recognition
9
Worth School District 127
Cook
3.9
Recognition
10
Calumet Public School District 132
Cook
3.9
Recognition
11
Cook County School District 130
Cook
3.9
Recognition
12
Lemont Township High School District 210
Cook
3.9
Recognition
13
General George Patton School District 133
Cook
3.9
Recognition
14
Chicago Ridge School District 127-5
Cook
3.9
Recognition
15
Rich Township High School District 227
Cook
3.9
Recognition
16
South Holland School District 150
Cook
3.9
Recognition
17
Homewood Flossmoor Community High School District 233
Cook
3.9
Recognition
18
North Palos School District 117
Cook
3.9
Recognition
19
Sandridge School District 172
Cook
3.9
Recognition
20
Midlothian School District 143
Cook
3.9
Recognition
21
Indian Springs School District 109
Cook
3.9
Recognition
22
Sunnybrook School District 171
Cook
3.9
Recognition
23
Forest Ridge School District 142
Cook
3.9
Recognition
24
Atwood Heights School District 125
Cook
3.8
Recognition
25
Argo Community High School District 217
Cook
3.8
Recognition
26
Ridgeland School District 122
Cook
3.7
Recognition
27
Burbank School District 111
Cook
3.7
Recognition
28
South Holland School District 151
Cook
3.7
Recognition
29
Ford Heights School District 169
Cook
3.7
Recognition
30
Prairie-Hills Elementary School District 144
Cook
3.7
Recognition
31
Homewood School District 153
Cook
3.7
Recognition
32
Arbor Park School District 145
Cook
3.7
Recognition
33
Brookwood School District 167
Cook
3.7
Recognition
34
Posen Robbins Elementary School District 143.5
Cook
3.7
Recognition
35
Lansing School District 158
Cook
3.7
Recognition
36
Chicago Heights School District 170
Cook
3.7
Recognition
37
Lincoln Elementary School District 156
Cook
3.7
Recognition
38
Bremen Community High School District 228
Cook
3.7
Recognition
39
Dolton School District 148
Cook
3.7
Recognition
40
Burnham School District 154-5
Cook
3.7
Recognition
41
Community Consolidated School District 168
Cook
3.7
Recognition
42
Bloom Township High School District 206
Cook
3.7
Recognition
43
Kirby School District 140
Cook
3.65
Recognition
44
Alsip, Hazelgreen, Oak Lawn School District 126
Cook
3.65
Recognition
45
Dolton School District 149
Cook
3.6
Recognition
46
Hoover Schrum Memorial School District 157
Cook
3.6
Recognition
47
Park Forest School District 163
Cook
3.6
Recognition
48
Matteson Elementary School District 162
Cook
3.6
Recognition
49
Community High School District 218
Cook
3.55
Recognition
50
Community High School District 155
Mchenry
3.55
Recognition
51
Willow Springs School District 108
Cook
3.45
Review
52
Thornton Fractional Township High School District 215
Cook
3.45
Review
53
Elementary School District 159
Cook
3.35
Review
54
Thornton School District 154
Cook
3.35
Review
55
Reavis Township High School District 220
Cook
3.35
Review
56
Oak Lawn Hometown School District 123
Cook
3.25
Review
57
Thornton Township High School District 205
Cook
3.25
Review
58
Calumet City School District 155
Cook
3.25
Review
59
Hazel Crest School District 152.5
Cook
3.25
Review
60
Oak Lawn Community High School District 229
Cook
3.1
Review
61
Evergreen Park School District 124
Cook
3.1
Review
62
Country Club Hills School District 160
Cook
2.35
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Organizations in this Story

Community High School District 155Elementary School District 159Argo Community High School District 217Community High School District 218Alsip, Hazelgreen, Oak Lawn School District 126Oak Lawn Community High School District 229Indian Springs School District 109Oak Lawn Hometown School District 123Prairie-Hills Elementary School District 144Chicago Heights School District 170Arbor Park School District 145Cook County School District 130Evergreen Park School District 124Thornton Township High School District 205Lansing School District 158Consolidated High School District 230Thornton Fractional Township High School District 215North Palos School District 117Country Club Hills School District 160Community Consolidated School District 168Palos School District 118Rich Township High School District 227Evergreen Park Community High School District 231Burbank School District 111Homewood Flossmoor Community High School District 233Worth School District 127Thornton School District 154Bremen Community High School District 228Bloom Township High School District 206Homewood School District 153Dolton School District 149Ford Heights School District 169Reavis Township High School District 220Midlothian School District 143Burnham School District 154-5Lemont Township High School District 210Brookwood School District 167Dolton School District 148Palos Heights School District 128Kirby School District 140Ridgeland School District 122Park Forest School District 163Lemont Bromberek Combined School District 113AMatteson Elementary School District 162Flossmoor School District 161Lincoln Elementary School District 156Hoover Schrum Memorial School District 157Atwood Heights School District 125Calumet Public School District 132Sunnybrook School District 171Forest Ridge School District 142Harvey School District 152Willow Springs School District 108Calumet City School District 155Hazel Crest School District 152.5Pleasantdale School District 107Posen Robbins Elementary School District 143.5Sandridge School District 172Chicago Ridge School District 127-5General George Patton School District 133South Holland School District 151South Holland School District 150

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