Rating Action: Moody's assigns Aa2 to Cook County School District 106 (La Grange), IL's GOLT bondsGlobal Credit Research - 02 Sep 2022New York, September 02, 2022 -- Moody's Investors Service has assigned a Aa2 to Cook County School District 106 (La Grange), IL's $13.6 million General Obligation Limited Tax School Bonds, Series 2022A. Moody's maintains the Aa2 issuer rating and the Aa2 general obligation limited tax (GOLT). The issuer rating represents Moody's assessment of hypothetical debt of the district supported by a general obligation unlimited tax (GOULT) pledge though the district does not currently have any outstanding GOULT debt. Following the sale, the district will have $16.7 million GOLT debt outstanding.RATINGS RATIONALEThe Aa2 issuer rating incorporates the district's positive enrollment trend and above average resident incomes that are supported by employment opportunities in the Chicago (Ba1 stable) metro area. The district has a history of maintaining strong financial reserves which is expected to continue despite planned draws over the next few years for capital. Leverage is low relative to the national median, but above average for similarly rated school districts in Illinois. The district is exposed to contingent risk associated with reliance on the state for a poorly funded Teachers Retirement System.The lack of rating distinction between the issuer rating and the GOLT debt service extension base (DSEB) debt rating reflects the nature of the pledge which is a first budget obligation payable from all available funds.RATING OUTLOOKMoody's does not typically assign outlooks to local governments with this amount of debt.FACTORS THAT COULD LEAD TO AN UPGRADE OF THE RATING- Continued positive enrollment trends that lead to growth in the size of operations paired with maintenance of reservesFACTORS THAT COULD LEAD TO A DOWNGRADE OF THE RATING- Tax base contraction- Weakening of financial position- Growth in long-term leverageLEGAL SECURITYThe district's GOLT bonds are backed by an all-available funds pledge. The district's GOLT debt also benefits from a dedicated property tax levy, unlimited as to rate but limited as to the district's Debt Service Extension Base, which is about $1.2 million assuming no annual growth.USE OF PROCEEDSProceeds from the Series 2022A bonds will finance library renovations and a ten classroom addition at district facilities.PROFILECook County School District 106 (La Grange) is located in western Cook County (A2 positive) about 25 miles west of downtown Chicago (Ba1 stable) and serves residents of portions of the Highlands area of La Grange (Aa2), Indian Head Park, Western Springs (Aa2) and Countryside (Aa2). The district operates one elementary school and one middle school that enrolled just under 1,000 students in the 2021- 2022 school year.METHODOLOGYThe principal methodology used in this rating was US K-12 Public School Districts Methodology published in January 2021 and available at https://ratings.moodys.com/api/rmc-documents/70054. 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