Broken Arrow Public Schools’ finance department was recently honored with its sixth Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting award for exceeding the high standards for financial reporting and accountability.
The district was recognized by the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International for completing the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ending 2018.
Broken Arrow Public Schools is one of three districts in the state to successfully complete the CAFR.
“This report is an important tool because it shows transparency and full disclosure of the district’s financial transactions,” Superintendent Dr. Janet Dunlop said. “Our financial department does an incredible job, and this award more than proves that.”
State law mandates that school districts undergo an annual audit and publish a complete set of financial statements presented in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted and audited in accordance with auditing standards.
The primary difference between a typical audit and a CAFR is that the audit shows a single year of financial transactions, while the CAFR contains the results of the period with historical information. The CAFR adheres to the most rigorous federal standards set by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board.
“The CAFR is a culmination of the district’s financial reporting and annual audit,” Chief Financial Officer Natalie Eneff said. “It allows the community to assess the overall financial health of the district and understand where their tax dollars are spent.”
The ASBO Certificate of Excellence award confirms the school business office’s commitment to financial responsibility. Recognition through the program strengthens a district’s presentation for bond issuance statements and promotes a high level of financial reporting to the community.
The CAFR report is available to any individual or organization wishing to compare the district’s financial state to other schools or businesses that complete a CAFR.
For more information about the award, please visit ASBO’s website at www.asbointl.org/COE.
Broken Arrow Public Schools will honor its Site Teachers of the Year and Support Employees of the Year at the annual Star Awards Gala at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, at Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center. Tune in to ArrowVision.tv for live coverage.
“It is an honor to celebrate teachers and support staff who continually make it their mission to represent Broken Arrow Public Schools with incredible leadership and excellence every day,” Superintendent Dr. Janet Dunlop said. “The dedication these individuals show to our students and staff is what makes Broken Arrow such a special place.”
During this sit-down dinner, 28 Site Teachers of the Year are formally introduced, five are named finalists and one is honored as the District Teacher of the Year. This individual goes on to represent the district at the State Teacher of the Year Competition this summer.
In addition, five staff members will be recognized as Support Staff of the Year finalists with one being presented with the Beyond and Above Award. These employees are nominated by teachers, administrators, colleagues and supervisors for consistently going the extra mile in support of the district’s goals and objectives.
“Each staff member recognized at the gala plays an important role in educating, equipping and empowering a community of learners,” Dunlop said. “Because of their passion for our students, Broken Arrow Public Schools remains one of Oklahoma’s premier school districts. It’s an honor to celebrate each of them.”
New for fall 2019, incoming freshman and sophomores can participate in a program called Early College High School. This program allows students to take high school level courses on the Northeastern State University-Broken Arrow campus while simultaneously equipping them to successfully undertake college coursework upon completion of 10th grade.
“Early College High School was made possible by our partnerships with Northeastern State University and Tulsa Community College,” said Sharon James, executive director of secondary education for Broken Arrow Public Schools. “This program truly increases college readiness and provides students the access to university labs, libraries and other support services.”
Data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows that time in a postsecondary classroom during high school can lead to more college-going behavior. It also supports the “Power of 15,” an initiative based on studies indicating that students who leave high school with 15 college credits are more likely to attend college and stay there longer. This program also saves parents money for college and increases first generation college attendees.
Additional student benefits of Early College High School include peer/study groups, a smaller learning environment, ease of college enrollment, easier transition after high school, increase in college grades and more focused support for college entrance scores.
All courses will be taught by Broken Arrow teachers. Students in athletics and fine arts are able to participate and still meet necessary requirements. Details regarding transportation and daily schedule are still being ironed out.
Interested in learning more? The district is hosting four forums to inform students and parents about this opportunity. All forums will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Broken Arrow Freshman Academy on the following dates.
For more information, please contact the district’s instructional team at 918-259-7725.
To optimize district funding, the Broken Arrow Public Schools Board of Education approved an altered 2019-20 instructional calendar during their regularly scheduled meeting on April 15.
The calendar changes approved by the Board of Education include:
1) First day of school for kindergarten through 12th is now starting at a later date on Aug. 21, 2019. Late Start Wednesday will begin the following week on Aug. 28.
2) First day for Pre-K is Aug. 23, 2019.
3) School is now in session on Presidents Day, Feb. 17, 2020.
4) The tentative last day of school is May 28, 2020. This date includes three built-in weather days.
The district apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause families as they plan for the upcoming school year.
Two of the state’s premier high school baseball programs will face off in the seventh annual St. John Health Center Battle of the Bats on Friday, April 19 at 7 p.m., at Broken Arrow High School’s Tiger Baseball Field.
“This rivalry has always produced a great high school baseball game with players from both sides continuing their playing careers at the highest levels,” said Steve Dunn, Broken Arrow executive director of athletics. “We are looking forward to hosting Owasso in this year’s series. We appreciate all that St. John Ascension does for both Owasso and Broken Arrow Public Schools.”
The series is tied at three games apiece. The Tigers won, 6-2, at Owasso, last year.
“Year in, year out this is one of the finest baseball games that takes place in Oklahoma: two storied programs led by hall of fame coaches,” said Zach Duffield, Owasso Public Schools executive director of athletics. “It is a great opportunity to see these student athletes compete at the highest level of Oklahoma high school baseball.”
As of April 6, Broken Arrow was 11-7 overall and 6-2 in District 6A-3. Owasso is 18-4 and 6-0 in District 6A-4.
“As the provider of sports medicine for both the Broken Arrow Tigers and the Owasso Rams, St. John Health System and Tulsa Bone & Joint Associates are honored to be a part of such a great rivalry in high school baseball,” said David Phillips, president and chief operating officer of St. John Broken Arrow and St. John Owasso hospitals. “We have many baseball fans from Tulsa, Broken Arrow and Owasso attend this game each year to see some of the best high school baseball players in the state. It is truly a fun event for anyone who is a baseball fan.”
Ascension’s St. John Health System operates seven hospitals and more than 90 healthcare clinics and facilities in eastern Oklahoma and southeastern Kansas. St. John Health System employs approximately 8,000 associates. Across the region, St. John Health System provided more than $68 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2016. Serving Oklahoma for more than 90 years, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, operating 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 22 states and the District of Columbia.
To help reduce hunger in Broken Arrow, Broken Arrow Public Schools partnered with Move For Hunger, Accent Moving and Storage, and Bama Companies for the seventh annual districtwide food drive.
For five days in March, students and staff from 27 school sites donated non-perishable food items in support of Broken Arrow Neighbors, a nonprofit providing basic needs and emergency assistance to Broken Arrow families.
The effort resulted in 9,771 pounds of food. The district’s assistance throughout the school year makes it the top contributor of food donations to Broken Arrow Neighbors.
“Witnessing the effort put forth during this food drive has served as a reminder of what we can accomplish when we work together to make a difference in our community,” Superintendent Dr. Janet Dunlop said. “I am so proud of our students and staff.”
The districtwide drive began with an idea generated by Candy Lievsay, teacher at Sequoyah Middle School. In January 2012, her classroom read an article about Move For Hunger, a nonprofit organization that teams up with relocation companies across the nation to deliver non-perishable food items to local food banks.
Broken Arrow’s Accent Moving and Storage supplied the muscle to deliver the collected food to Broken Arrow Neighbors.
“It is always an honor for Accent Moving, Storage and Logistics to be a small part of such an impactful food drive for our Broken Arrow community,” said Accent Moving and Storage Owner Jody Davis. “Each year, we look forward to picking up and delivering the food to BA Neighbors.”
According to a report by Feeding America, 17.2 percent of people in Oklahoma suffer from food insecurity. In Tulsa County alone, more than 102,000 struggle with hunger and nearly 37,000 of those are children. The summer months can be especially difficult for many.
“I am so very appreciative of the efforts of all representatives of Broken Arrow Public Schools for their generosity toward Broken Arrow Neighbors,” said Kim Goddard, executive director of Broken Arrow Neighbors. “The annual food drive, hosted in conjunction with Accent Moving, is one of our largest donations. These donations come at a time when Broken Arrow Neighbors is making preparations for summer distribution as our client load increases significantly due to the extra financial burdens families face when children are out of school.”