Chris Stafford, SFO, Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Business Operations of Pulaski County Public Schools, was recently awarded the Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations (SFO) certification by the Association for School Business Officials International (ASBO International).
The SFO Certification, a new certification by ASBO International, is granted to highly qualified individuals who fulfill multiple requirements, including 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.
Mr. Stafford began with Pulaski County Public Schools in July 2007 and previously served as Director of Finance until September 2016 when he was promoted to his current position. He holds a B.S. in Accounting from Virginia Tech and a Master of Business Administration from Radford University.
“School business officials are the chief fiscal officers for school districts and hold an influential position in the community,” says John Musso, CAE, RSBA, executive director of ASBO International. “By earning the SFO certification, professionals validate their specialized knowledge and demonstrate a commitment to high standards and ethical practice in school business management.”
“Mr. Stafford is already one of the most respected public schools finance officers in Southwest Virginia and earning this credential is official validation of the high level of expertise that he possesses in this field. Members of the school board and I greatly appreciate his drive and determination to achieve this professional goal and are proud to be one of only a small handful of school divisions in the state to have a finance officer who is credentialed at this level,” said Pulaski County Schools Superintendent Dr. Kevin Siers.
School business officials who have earned the SFO Certification commit to ongoing professional development, renew the certification annually, and undergo recertification every three years.
About ASBO International
The Association of School Business Officials International (www.asbointl.org) is a global professional association of more than 5,000 school business management professionals who are responsible for financial decisions in K–12 school districts, community colleges, universities, and state departments of education. Founded in 1910, it sets the standard for accountability, transparency, and integrity in school business management practices and provides professional growth opportunities and certification to advance the profession.