Raytown School District Associate Superintendent of Operations and Finance Dr. Steve Shelton, was recognized by the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) as a Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations or (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.

“As I seek to continual improve my performance as an educational leader, I saw this as an opportunity to further my knowable in the area of finance and operations,” said Associate Superintendent of Operations and Finance Dr. Steve Shelton. “I believe this will enable me to better serve the community, staff and students of our district.”
The SFO designation is granted to highly qualified school business professionals who fulfill multiple requirements, including demonstration of 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.

“ASBO International’s SFO certification is the only internationally recognized certification for school business officials,” said 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.”

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 partners with Horace Mann to offer the SFO certification program.