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Chief Financial Officer Ely earns certification from the Association of School Business Officials

October 15, 2020

Gresham-Barlow Chief Financial Officer earns certification in Administrator of School Finance and Operations

The Gresham-Barlow School District announced today that GBSD Chief Financial Officer Jordan Ely has earned his certification in Administrator of School Finance and Operations (SFO) from the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO). 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 an organization, we encourage our employees at all levels to continually engage in educational experiences,” said Superintendent Dr. A. Katrise Perera. “The learning and growing that takes place during professional development lead to better outcomes for our school district and new levels of enlightenment for all.”

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’s SFO certification is an internationally recognized standardized assessment for school business officials. Increasingly we are seeing that certification is a driver that helps to raise the bar for sound fiscal management across all school districts,” says ASBO International executive director David J. Lewis. “SFOs are keenly sought after due to their experience and expertise in appropriately allocating resources to meet the current and future needs of their constituents.”

For more information about ASBO International’s SFO certification, visit