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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


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

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

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