Hinsdale District 86 Receives Sunshine Award for Transparency from the Illinois Policy Institute
Hinsdale, Ill. – December 19, 2016 –Hinsdale Township High School District 86 is proud to announce that it has received the Sunshine Award for transparency from the Illinois Policy Institute. District 86 earned a score of 99 out of a possible 100 points, the highest score ever earned by a school district. The score is based on the criteria developed by the Institute, detailed on a 10-point transparency checklist. Only 16 of the total number of 863 Illinois school districts have received the Sunshine Award.
“We believe that public bodies should be transparent to the communities they serve, and we have worked hard since our rating of 60.6 points in 2014 to increase access and open the books to our District 86 community,” said Superintendent Dr. Bruce Law. “The aim of our newly constructed Transparency Portal on the District website gives everyone an easy, user friendly way to find information. We are grateful to the Illinois Policy Institute for recognizing the improvements we have made and we take great pride in the score we have earned against their very high standards.”
“Congratulations to Hinsdale School District 86 for earning the Institute's Sunshine Award for government transparency,” said Mindy Ruckman, Illinois Policy Institute policy analyst. “The District's online Transparency Portal is a vital tool for being open and accountable to its residents. We encourage the District to continue its efforts to pursue excellence in transparency.”
According the Institute, the District earned a perfect score in the following areas: elected and administrative officials, meeting information, public records, budgets, financial audits, expenditures, salary and benefits, lobbying, taxes and fees. The District also earned 90 percent for the category of contracts. The District will be added to the Institute’s webpage of Sunshine Award winners in the coming days.