Affton Earns 2017 Outstanding Board Award

Affton School District is pleased to announce that the Affton Board of Education has earned the 2017 Outstanding Board of Education Award in School Finance Resources from the Missouri School Board Association (MSBA).

“This is the third year in a row that we have received the Outstanding Board of Education Award from the MSBA, and the Affton Board of Education is truly honored,” said Tom Bellavia, president of the Affton Board. “We take our responsibility for fiscal stewardship very seriously, and will continue to honor our community’s investment through careful strategic planning and data-driven decisions.”

At their annual Leadership Summit held on June 3, MSBA recognized 16 boards from across the state who met the award criteria in one of six categories. For School Finance Resources, Affton was required to meet five criteria: a transparent budget process that includes staff and community participation; an annual budget that is aligned with the district’s Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP) goals and objectives; monitoring of the effectiveness of programs, initiatives and activities; demonstrated accuracy of standard account practices, auditing procedures and financial reporting; and  evidence of periodic review and evaluation of the effectiveness of practices that impact district revenue generation.

“We take pride in the seven individuals who volunteer countless hours to serve on the Affton Board of Education,” said Dr. Steve Brotherton, superintendent. “We would be hard pressed to find anyone more dedicated to ensuring that we continue to have strong schools and a strong community. Their support is paramount to our success.”

This award recognizes Affton Board of Education members including Bellavia, Patricia Zahn, vice-president, Susan Casaleggi, treasurer, and directors Douglas Beck, Michelle Burford, Jordan Levinson and Michael McNeil. In 2016, the Board also received the MSBA Outstanding Board of Education Award in Climate, Culture and Organizational Efficacy, and in 2015, the MSBA Outstanding Board of Education Award in Teaching, Learning and Assessment.