Gahanna-Jefferson hires Scott Gooding as new district treasurer


Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools has hired Westerville resident Scott Gooding as its new treasurer.

The school board approved a three-year contract with Gooding on Jan. 20 that comes into effect on March 1 to replace Mike Verlingo, who resigned on Jan. 18.

He will receive an annual salary of $160,000 plus an option to receive benefits, although benefit details were not yet available as of January 26.

Gooding, 48, will also serve as a part-time consultant for the district in the coming weeks at a cost of $76.92 an hour.

Judy Hengstebeck, district communications coordinator, said the consultant agreement is effective Jan. 21 through Feb. 28 for work performed on behalf of the council. She said her contract as treasurer runs from March 1 to July 31, 2025.

“We are thrilled to work with Scott Gooding as our new Treasurer,” Superintendent Steve Barrett said. “He brings a wealth of experience in finance and as a school treasurer to our district.”

Gooding most recently worked as Executive Director of Budget and Financial Management at Columbus City Schools.

He worked as Director of Financial Services at the Central Ohio Educational Services Center from 2011 to 2014 and as Treasurer of Westerville City Schools from 2004 to 2011.

“What impresses me most about Scott is his passion for education,” Barrett said. “Scott is a strong advocate for public education and ensuring that students and teachers have what they need to succeed in the classroom. We are happy to welcome Scott to our team.

Gooding said he was excited to join Gahanna-Jefferson and said he was looking forward to starting on March 1.

“My focus will be to ensure that our fiscal resources are aligned to support our vision of building relationships with students, parents and our community to ensure student learning is our most important investment and priority. “, said Gooding, adding that he would strive to ensure that every dollar spent is focused on improving student success and is aligned with the district’s vision, mission and beliefs.

Gooding earned a bachelor’s degree from Otterbein University and a school treasurer/business manager master’s degree from Ashland University.

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