New SBO authorization

The Iowa School Business Management Academy’s “New SBO Authorization Program” went into effect on July 1, 2012, pursuant to the Code of Iowa.  

It is currently the only authorization program for new SBOs in the state that has been approved by the Iowa Department of Education. The 2-year program includes 135 instructional hours, plus a one-year mentoring program, that are required for a new school business official to be eligible for a standard SBO authorization from the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners (BOEE).

The program is designed so that any new school business official can enter into the sequence of classes at any time during a given year, after being hired by an Iowa school district and having applied for/received either an initial or a temporary initial SBO authorization from the BOEE.  Each school district in the state is required to employ an authorized SBO.

The SBO program timeline shows the two year progression.

There is a sequence of courses for year one of the SBO authorization.

The year two program of study has additional courses required for SBO authorization.


Congratulations to the following individuals (pictured above) who most recently completed the New SBO Authorization Program: 

Jennifer Coombes – Mississippi Bend AEA
April Hengevold – Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn
Robyn Hosch – Starmont CSD
Emily Johnson-Woods – St. Ansgar CSD
Amber Jungst – Ballard CSD
Teresa Knipper – East Buchanan CSD
Lisa Lehms
Katie Mathern – GMG CSD
Anna Toohey – Ft. Dodge CSD
Sherry Mattson– Eddyville Blakesburg CSD
Alyssa Pfeffer-
Clear Lake CSD

Each was recognized for successful completion of the 135-hour required training program for New School Business Officials at the spring IASBO conference held on September 25, 2019, in the Scheman Building at Iowa State University. In addition to the coursework, each was required to complete a one-year mentoring program. Upon completion of the New SBO Authorization Program, each school business official is eligible to convert his/her Initial SBO Authorization from the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners to a Standard SBO Authorization.