Mike Barnhart is the new treasurer for Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Schools.


Mike Barnhart has been appointed treasurer for the Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City Schools. He joins the district with 21 years’ experience as a school district treasurer, having served most recently for 15 years with Findlay Public Schools. His appointment was effective Oct. 12 and his salary is $115,320.

Barnhart also served as school treasurer in Oberlin from 1999-2003 and in Fairview Park during 2003-04 and as a financial manager and certified government financial manager and has a state auditor’s financial accountability certificate.

During his tenure with Findlay Public Schools, he earned multiple Auditor of State Awards for Distinction for clean annual audits. He has worked on levy campaigns, building construction projects, contract negotiations, a health insurance conversion and energy-efficiency projects. In 2007, large portions of Findlay were flooded during a five-day storm event. Barnhart worked with FEMA and other officials on plans to address and repair the subsequent damage to school properties.

Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Superintendent Mike Cook said he was pleased to have a treasurer with Barnhart's experience. “He came to us with outstanding references and recommendations. We needed someone with experience to come in and pick up where we left off due to the timing of this position being vacated. Hiring Mike, we haven’t missed a beat.”

Barhart replaces Michael Pissini, who became North Ridgeville City Schools treasurer in September.

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