Jay Toland, chief financial officer for Scotland County Schools, was recently awarded the School Finance and Operations certification by the Association for Schools Business Officials International.
The SFO certification is granted to highly qualified individuals who fulfill multiple requirements, including demonstrating 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 are the chief fiscal officers for school districts and hold an influential position in the community,” said John Musso, executive director of ASBO International. “By earning the ASBO certification, professionals validate their specialized knowledge and demonstrate a commitment to high standards and ethical practice in school business management.”
“It is important that we be good stewards of taxpayers’ money,” said Scotland County Schools Superintendent Rick Stout.
School business officials who earned the SFO certification commit to ongoing professional development, renew the certification annually and undergo recertification every three years.