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School Business Professionals Earn ASBO International Certification

Ashburn, VA – December 10, 2018 – The Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) is pleased to recognize the 395 school business officials who have earned ASBO International’s Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations® (SFO®) certification, demonstrating their dedication to effective school business management.

The SFO designation is granted to highly qualified school business professionals who demonstrate eligibility through work experience and education; pass a comprehensive exam that tests competency in accounting and school business management topics such as human resources, risk management, and facility management; and adhere to the ASBO International Certification Code of Conduct.

The certification program was established in 2010 to elevate the status of the school business management profession. “By earning their SFO, these school business professionals have met the highest professional standards, demonstrated their knowledge of school business, and proven their dedication to effective school business management,” ASBO International Director of Certification Allison Barton-Kramer says.

To maintain their credential, certificants must recertify every three years. Recertification demonstrates school business officials’ commitment to staying up-to-date on industry trends and best practices, and ensures they maintain their professional competency by keeping their knowledge current.

“Having a certified school business official in the school or district builds public confidence in the organization’s fiscal responsibility, accountability, and transparency,” Barton-Kramer says. “Taxpayers can be confident that educational resources are being used to support student success.”

The SFO program is sponsored by ASBO International Strategic Partner Horace Mann. “The role of school business officials is important,” says James Yale, vice president of industry 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.”

Learn more about ASBO International’s SFO certification at

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About ASBO International
Founded in 1910, the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) is a nonprofit organization that, through its members and affiliates, represents approximately 30,000 school business professionals worldwide. ASBO International is committed to providing programs, services, and a global network that promote the highest standards in school business. Its members support student achievement through effective resource management in various areas ranging from finance and operations to food services and transportation. Learn more at

About Horace Mann
Founded by Educators for Educators®, Horace Mann aspires to be the company of choice to help all educators prepare for a successful tomorrow. Exceptional educators are critical to the success of their students. Horace Mann can help attract and retain more of them to the profession by providing solutions that make their financial lives easier and their careers more rewarding. For more information about the company, visit