Reston, VA – The Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) is pleased to announce that Stephanie Elise Norris, SFO, Business Manager, Mexico Public Schools, Mexico, Missouri, has earned the Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations® (SFO®). School business professionals who earn the SFO certification have proven that they have the required knowledge, expertise, and fiscal credibility to lead their school district and effectively manage the district’s finances.

“ASBO International’s SFO certification is the only internationally recognized certification for school business officials,” says ASBO International Executive Director John Musso. “As school districts are pressed more than ever to be accountable to their communities, having an SFO at the helm demonstrates that the district is committed to being a trustworthy steward of taxpayer dollars and to effectively allocating educational resources to support student success.”

The SFO designation is granted to highly qualified school business professionals who fulfill multiple requirements, including demonstrating certification eligibility (through work experience and education); passing a comprehensive two-part exam that tests competency in accounting and school business management topics; and adhering to the ASBO International Certification Code of Conduct. School business officials who have earned the SFO certification commit to ongoing professional development, renewing the certification annually, and undergoing recertification every three years.

ASBO International Strategic Partner Horace Mann is the proud sponsor of the SFO certification program. “The role of school business officials is important,” says James Yale, vice president of association relations at Horace Mann. “Showing our support of school business officials as they distinguish themselves and helping to promote recognition of their professional development is equally important.”