Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools has hired Mike Verlingo as the district's new treasurer.

School board members unanimously approved hiring Verlingo during their Dec. 12 meeting.

Verlingo, 61, most recently worked as treasurer of North Ridgeville City Schools in North Ridgeville, a suburb of Cleveland.

His annual salary will be $135,000, with insurance and retirement benefits valued at $60,495, for a total annual package of $195,495, said Judy Hengstebeck, the district's communications coordinator.

"I am passionate about education and the opportunity it provides," Verlingo said. "I look forward to becoming part of the leadership team of Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools and the community to assist in providing high-quality, cost-effective education to the students of our district."

Gahanna Superintendent Steve Barrett said Verlingo has vast experience in finance and as a school treasurer.

"He understands how school finance works and the importance of balancing fiscal prudence with ensuring teachers and students have what they need to succeed in the classroom. We are pleased to welcome Mike to our team," Barrett said.

Beryl Brown Piccolantonio, board president, said she and other board members look forward to having Verlingo on the team.

"We are very appreciative to the staff and community members who participated in the interview process," she said. "The feedback we received was invaluable."

Prior to his appointment at North Ridgeville, Verlingo was treasurer of Shawnee Local Schools in Lima and Clark County Educational Service Center in Springfield.

He also has worked as a finance manager in the private sector and holds a certified public accountant license.

Verlingo received a bachelor's degree from the University of Dayton and a master's degree in business administration from Xavier University.

The Gahanna treasurer's post became available when former treasurer Kristine Blind accepted a position with London City Schools.

Verlingo is scheduled to begin his duties in Gahanna on Jan. 13.