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 for completing the New SBO Authorization Program:

Drake Abbey – Lake Mills
William Barrett  – Hamburg
Amy Cameron – Grant Wood AEA
Lisa Crews – Davenport
Kylie Dittmer – Chariton
Crystal Eggers – West Bend
Heidi Harris – Red Oak
Sarah Kautz – Waukee
Anne Lewis – Hampton Dumont
Jacob Loll – Norwalk
Jenna Lullmann – Storm Lake
Luke Markway – Woodward Granger
Harley McBurney – Alburnett
Riley Myers – East Marshall
Michael Rueber – Oelwein
Laurie Schweitzberger – Kingsley Pierson

Due to the virtual conferences in 2020 and 2021, the School Business Officials were not recognized for their successful completion of the 135-hour required training program. 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. 

Need More Information?

Craig Hansel

Assistant Professor of Practice & Director of ISBMA

2675 Lagomarcino Hall
901 Stange Rd
Ames, Iowa 50011-1041

515-314-7962

chansel@iastate.edu